EE adds 10 more towns to 4G network, aims for 160 by Christmas

EE adds 10 more towns to 4G network, aims for 160 by Christmas

Summary: EE's LTE network rollout sees more areas getting a mobile speed bump.

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EE has extended its 4G network to another 10 towns and cities, with plans to add another 19 by Christmas.

The mobile network operator said its 4G service has now gone live in Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole Portsmouth and Redcar.

By Christmas it plans to add Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York to the list of its 4G towns and cities, meaning the network will have 160 covered by LTE by the end of the year.

EE's 4G offers theoretical maximum download speeds of 150Mbps, although average speeds are more likely to be between 24Mbps to 30Mbps.

Thanks to being able to reuse a chunk of spectrum it already owned, EE launched its 4G network well ahead of its rivals, who had to wait for regulator Ofcom to sell off extra 4G-compatible bands.

EE launched its service in October 2012; in September it said that it had signed up one million customers for its service, with plans to cover 98 percent of the population by the end of 2014.

In contrast, Vodafone and O2 switched on their 4G networks in August, and Three is still testing its LTE network with a limited set of customers ahead of a larger launch next year. However, 4G has so far met with limited enthusiasm from consumers and businesses — more than a year on since EE launched 4G, for example, less than five percent of its customers are using the service.

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Topics: 4G, Emerging Tech, Mobile OS, Networking, Smartphones, EU, United Kingdom

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