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EE has announced that the United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE network will go live on October 30. It will launch in ten major cities on that date, with plans to reach 16 cities — a third of the U.K. population — by the end of the year. Other cities, towns, and rural areas will follow “rapidly,” with coverage expected to reach 98% of the U.K. by 2014.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said in a statement today:

“We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012.

“This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.

“We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand.”

EE’s initial lineup of 4G-capable smartphones is on sale from today, and currently includes the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, the HTC One XL, and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. And as we reported this morning, the Galaxy Note II LTE will be added to that lineup on Monday, October 15.

EE promises that its 4G speeds are “typically five times faster” than 3G. The carrier is yet to announce its 4G price plans, but it has said that invitations to a press event announcing further details will be issued shortly.

Are you looking forward to the U.K.’s first 4G network?