EE extends 4G footprint, takes LTE to 62 UK towns and cities

Summary:Customers in 12 more UK towns can now sign up for 4G services from EE, bringing the total number of locations covered by its LTE network to 62.

EE has added another 12 towns to the list of places that its 4G LTE service has already been switched on and is ready for business.

The company, an amalgam of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, said on Tuesday that the premium-priced 4G service is now available in Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame and Windsor.

The company also said that it still aims to have the service live in at least 80 town and cities by the end of June this year, with that number set to rise to a total of 70 percent of the population by the end of 2013 and 98 percent by the end of 2014.

"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. We're committed to rolling out 4G to 98 percent of the population by the end of 2014, and that includes the double-speed 4G that will launch this summer," Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, said in a statement.

EE said earlier in April that it would double the download speed of its 4G service to a maximum of around 80Mbps for customers in 10 cities. The average expected speed for customers after the speed doubling exercise will be around 20Mbps, EE said at the time.

 In its first financial report of 2013 last week, EE revealed that just 318,000 customers had signed up for its 4G services since it began offering them five months ago. It aims to have one million before the end of the year.

Topics: 4G, Mobility, United Kingdom

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