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.
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.
Further reading on 4G rollout
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