We have to admit, EE are doing a stellar job of rolling out 4G across the nation. New towns and cities seem to get covered on an almost daily basis and not only that but apparently their pace is increasing.
The news that EE is increasing the pace of their drive to bring 4G to the entire United Kingdom is certainly welcome, as increased coverage is good for everyone (except perhaps O2, Three and Vodafone, who are yet to have a live 4G network at all), but it’s just a side note to EE’s main announcement- which is that they’ve now rolled out 4G to 50 towns and cities across the UK. That’s a major milestone for the company and amounts to the homes and businesses of roughly 50% of the UK population, all of which has been achieved in just five months.
The latest towns to be given 4G access are Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich.
EE have come a long way already, but by the end of June they plan to have launched 4G in a further 30 towns and cities- bringing the total up to 80. There’s no word yet on which towns and cities these next 30 will be, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we find out.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Office of EE commented on their latest achievement, saying:
“With these major milestones of 50 towns and cities and 50% of the population, we’re remaining ahead of our schedule to equip UK consumers and businesses with 4G. Our customers are at the heart of our rollout and we are working hard to deliver 4G to 70% of the UK population by the end of this year, and 98% of the population by the end of 2014.”
Of course the work doesn’t stop once a location has 4G access, so along with rapidly rolling 4G out town by town, EE are also working on increasing the network density in places that already have 4G, in order to improve speeds and indoor coverage.
The full list of towns and cities that currently have access to 4G on EE is as follows:
Amersham, Barnsley, Belfast, Bingley, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford , Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Chorley, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Luton, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newbury, Newcastle, Newport, Nottingham, Preston, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Shipley, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Telford, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
If EE are able to stick to their promise of bringing 4G to 70% of the UK population by the end of the year and 98% by the end of 2014 then you can expect that list to skyrocket in the coming months- not least because there should be another 30 towns and cities added by the end of June alone.