EE have been the subject of much less than positive press regarding their 4G offering. From complaints around data allowances to speeds that are less than that being obtained on other DC-HSPA networks, the flak just keeps on coming.
One area where EE cannot be faulted however is their commitment to rolling out the 4G network across the country.
EE have committed to having 98% coverage by the end of 2014 and have today announced that this is on track with another 27 cities set to be switched on in June.
The full list of cities to benefit from the latest 4G technology is:
- Milton Keynes
- Royal Tunbridge Wells
The latest switch on will mean that 65 towns and cities will be covered bringing the coverage to 55% of the UK population.
The full press release is below:
SUPERFAST MOBILE SET TO BE AVAILABLE TO MORE THAN HALF OF THE UK BY SUMMER
· 4G being switched on in Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking
· UK’s first 4G network set to cover more than 65 towns and cities by Summer – connecting more than 55% of the population
· Businesses in Britain benefiting from greater reach of 4G as rapid network rollout continues
7 February, 2013 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced that 4G will be switched on in a further 27 towns across the country by June 2013, expanding superfast coverage to more than 65 UK towns and cities in total.
The 4G rollout, which offers customers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, is proving a huge success with UK businesses, including Addison Lee, Foxtons, Gatwick Airport, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Kier, Microsoft, Morrisons, Sony Music, TNT Post and Urban Outfitters, who are already reaping the benefits of increased efficiencies and productivity both in and out of the office.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE, said:
“Our business customers want a 4G network that covers the markets in which they operate, and that is exactly what we are building for them – and at a phenomenal rate. We’re set to cover more than half of the UK population by Summer, staying ahead of the schedule that we set for ourselves at launch, and continuing to demonstrate the amazing value of 4G mobile to many organisations with different challenges and different needs.”
Between April and June, 4G will be launched in Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking.
The EE 4G network currently covers 45% of the UK population, and is forecast to increase to more than 55% by summer, as the network grows to cover more than 65 towns and cities as well as much of the suburban and rural areas that surround them. At the end of January, nine new 4G towns were switched on, and this week 4G coverage from EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, landed in Newbury – the 28th live 4G town.