EE's 4G network adds 11 new towns, reaches 55 percent coverage

EE's 4G network adds 11 new towns, reaches 55 percent coverage

Summary: The UK's LTE mobile network EE connects its 85th town.

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The UK's only mobile operator with nationwide LTE coverage, EE, is extending its 4G network to 11 more towns this week, meaning it now covers 55 percent of the population.

Thanks to the latest tranche of locations activated — Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington, and Weston-super-Mare — the network extends to 85 towns and cities in the UK.

EE, jointly owned by Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, is aiming to cover 98 percent of the population with its high-speed mobile network by the close of next year.

The network in June had around 500,000 subscribers and EE is planning on expanding its 4G coverage to public spaces, like airports, shopping centres and commuter zones in the near future.

EE plans by the end of summer to have doubled its LTE download speeds in 10 major UK cities to deliver an average 20Mbps service and a headline speed of 80Mbps. 

The mobile operator hopes to have one million subscribers by the year's end and its latest effort to lure more people to the premium priced service are SIM-only data and call packages starting at £28 for 1GB, and going up to 20GB of data at £63. Previously the 4G network was only available to customers that also picked up a 4G device or router from the operator.

Topics: Mobility, 4G, EU, United Kingdom

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  • 55% isn't Nationwide Coverage

    What determines "nationwide coverage"? EE certainly doesn't have it and 55% is not good enough to make that claim. EE may have spectrum to enable coverage across the country but they certainly haven't implemented it.
    chrismevans
  • EE NOT GOOD ENOUGH

    I UPGRADE MY MOBILE CONTRACT WITH EE,BUT I THINK I DID MISTAKE IT IS USELESS NO COVERAGE IN MY AREA I COPMPAINED MANY TIME EACH TIME ADVISOR TELL ME DIFFERENT STORY THEY NOT ACCEPTING THEIR FAULT ALWAYS BLAME TO CUSTOMER OR HAND SET EVERY ONE WHO GOT EE NETWORK STRUGGLING FOR CALLS AND INTERNET SIGNALS AT THEY END THEY SAID IT IS NOT GURANTEE TO GIVE YOU GOOD QUALITY EVERY WHERE
    WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN MY CONTRACT WILL END ITS NOT WORTH FOR £10/MONTH NOW
    jhelum764