EE has announced the availability of 4G in nine more towns, extending the reach of its network to 45% of the UK population.
Residents of Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton will now have access to the network, which EE claims offers speeds up to three times as fast as 3G connections.
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The mobile provider has brought the 4G to 27 towns and cities in the 90 days since it launched and plans to cover 98% of the UK by the end of 2014.
“As the first operator to bring 4G to the UK it is important that we make it accessible to as much of the population as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE.
“To be ahead of schedule and covering approximately 45% of the population within just 90 days of the launch is a great achievement for our network team.”
The announcement came 10 days after EE revealed new tariffs lowering the price of its 4G contracts.
Between 31 January and 31 March, the operator will offer 24-month contracts for £31 per month, which will include unlimited calls and texts in the UK and 500MB of data.
EE has not released a full list of the handsets that will be on offer, but promised a range will be available for a one-off fee, including the HTC One SV LTE and Nokia Lumia 820 from £29.99.