THOUSANDS of homes across the region can now benefit from superfast broadband connection following the launch of a new antenna.

EE has unveiled its new 4G home broadband antenna which has the capacity to connect more than 4,600 homes across North Yorkshire.

The antenna could prove particularly beneficial to rural households that may currently struggle with connecting to fast, reliable internet.

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The antenna will meant that for the first time, rural homes will be able to connect to superfast broadband as fast as fibre.

Max Taylor, managing director of marketing, EE said: “As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities.

“Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series.”

Some parts of rural North Yorkshire can only access broadband at speeds slower than 10Mbps, but EE says that trials of its service in the Northern Fells area of Cumbria have delivered speeds of over 100Mbps.

EE’s new antenna is fitted to the side of a customer’s property by EE’s professional installation provider and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router situated inside the home by a cable.

This eliminates any loss of signal due to thick exterior walls, improving both the speed and consistency of the 4GEE Home Router.

The antenna has been designed for use on properties with good outdoor coverage but variable indoor coverage.