EE, Vodafone share the 4G love with more UK towns and cities

Two of the UK's main mobile operators are continuing the extension of their LTE networks.
Written by Jo Best, Contributor on

Vodafone and EE both confirmed extra 4G coverage for the UK this week.

EE, which last year became the first mobile operator to launch a nationwide LTE service, added 12 more towns to its 4G rollout: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville, Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley, Houghton-le-Spring and Reigate.

According to the company, its 4G coverage now stands at 60 percent of the UK population. It's planning to extend it to 98 percent by the end of next year.

Vodafone meanwhile, which launched its LTE network in August, said on Thursday it will be taking its 4G coverage to five new cities this weekend.

2 days to go until we switch on ultrafast Vodafone 4G in Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester & Coventry. #4GBonus for all!

— Vodafone UK (@VodafoneUK) September 26, 2013

Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle are expected to get Vodafone 4G by the end of the year.

Vodafone is also targeting 98 percent coverage by population for its 4G network, but aims to hit that figure by the end of 2015.

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