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EE 4G now covers 50% of UK

Jennifer Scott

A further 12 towns will today wake up with 4G connectivity today after EE continued its roll-out across the UK.

Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame and Windsor are all now part of EE's 4G network, which brings mobile internet speeds of between 8Mbps and 12Mbps to smartphones.

EE began offering 4G six months ago and is still the only operator in the UK to do so after Ofcom allowed it to repurpose a portion of its spectrum last year solely for the purpose of providing the technology. However, its rival providers are expected to launch their own services this summer following Ofcom’s spectrum auction in February.

These additional areas bring EE’s coverage up to 50% of all homes and businesses in the UK though – bringing the total towns and cities covered to 62 – before any of the others have launched.

“Our roll-out of the country’s first 4G mobile network is continuing at a great pace to ensure we are connecting people right across the UK to one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, as quickly as possible,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE.

“Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile internet more than any other market, and rely on it for long commutes; there is a demand for the best mobile services, and we’re working to meet that demand.”

Swantee also re-iterated EE’s commitment to cover 98% of the UK with 4G by the end of 2014.

Earlier this month, one measure EE took to entice more customers was to promise double the download speeds for its network, starting with 10 cities getting an average of 20Mbps by the end of June, before rolling out to the other locations.

However, its first quarter results showed just 318,000 of its 27 million customers were signed up to 4G services.1,600 of them are medium and large enterprises.


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