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EE offers UK 4G roaming to US AT&T customers

Opens up LTE network to AT&T customers, hopes to allow its users to do the same in the US next year.

Mobile operator EE has opened up its 4G network allowing AT&T customers to roam the network while in the UK with their 4G-enabled devices.

EE said it was the first UK operator to offer this service for visitors to the UK. The firm is said to be negotiations with other mobile carriers over wholesale agreements.

The firm said it was an ideal partner for foreign operators looking to partner with them as it offered the largest network and fastest speeds. The operator is aiming to cover 160 towns and cities in the UK with its 4G network.

"With the biggest and fastest 4G network in the UK, we can provide our partners' customers with the best mobile experience to stay connected when they visit the UK," said EE chief executive Olaf Swantee.

"Technology is not just shaping how people book and research holidays, but what they look for when they are choosing a country to visit. From finding their way to local landmarks, to avoiding the Oxford street crowds by shopping on their tablet, tourists are increasingly looking for fast and reliable mobile experiences when they travel abroad."

Earlier this month, IT Pro reported that rival operator Three scrapped roaming charges for customers visiting the US. The expansion of its "Feel At Home" added the US to its list of countries where customers can make calls and use mobile data at no extra cost.

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