EE announced today that its superfast 4G LTE network is available to a selection of tourists, after it signed a deal with US mobile operator AT&T.

The partnership will enable tourists with 4G phones on AT&T contracts to get the superfast speeds when roaming in the UK.

EE said it will announce additional partnerships early next year that will allow its 4G customers in the UK to use LTE speeds when travelling abroad. 

"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," said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.

"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."

EE said its 4G network has average speeds of 24-30Mbps in major cities across the UK and will cover 160 towns and cities across the country by Christmas.

AT&T signed the first international roaming deal with another mobile operator earlier this month when it partnered with Canadian operator, Rogers, in a move that meant AT&T subscribers in the US could get LTE in 120 Canadian cities. 

Meanwhile, mobile operator Three announced in September that it was going to eliminate roaming fees in seven countries around the world for UK customers, including Hong Kong and Sweden.  

The ‘Feel at Home’ scheme made Three the first UK network to completely ditch roaming charges, albeit only in countries where parent company Hutchison Whampoa operates mobile networks under the Three brand.