EE have announced that they plan to roll-out their 4G network in another 17 towns and cities by March 2013. That'll take the total number of 4G enabled cities up to 35 which is a commendable efffort from the operator.
New cities that will be get 4G by March of next year are : Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Just last week EE enabled 4G in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham, while Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough will be switched on before the end of 2012. Obviously , we're some way off 3G coverage levels , but the rate of expansion so far is pretty impressive !
EE are keen to roll-out 4G as fast as they can to take full advantage of their position as the only operator currently offering 4G LTE in the UK. The other operators won't be able to offer 4G until the conclusion of the 4G spectrum auctions , which are due to end in March or April.
The other operators , including O2 and Vodafone, will then be working double time to rollout 4G as soon as the auctions end. Hopefully, that'll be when 4G prices fall because currently EE's tariffs are priced a little above what most consumers are happy with.
For some people the massive boost in speed that 4G brings is worth the additional cost, but a lot of people are likely to wait until prices drop before upgrading their current 3G devices.