EE to expand 4G network coverage to 17 more towns and cities by March 2013

EE to expand 4G network coverage to 17 more towns and cities by March 2013
EE reveals the next phase of its 4G network rollout in the UK.


EE, UK's first 4G mobile network, has announced today that it will expand its coverage to 17 more towns and cities by March 2013. In addition to that, the telecommunications company also said that it would continue bolstering 4G network coverage in existing locales across the UK.

According to EE, areas that will see 4G network launch during the first three months of next year include Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Once complete, the 17 new network sites will bring 4G coverage to approximately four million more people.

The operator launched UK's first 4G LTE network on October 30th, initially bringing the high-speed mobile service to 11 major cities. Following the recent launches in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham, the company confirmed that 4G will be also rolled out in Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough by the end of this year.

"By the end of the first quarter of 2013, 4G will be available in 35 towns and cities across the UK, making superfast mobile accessible to thousands more customers and businesses every day'', said Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere.

Next to broadening the reach of its 4G network, EE is also upgrading the speed of the existing 3G network for Orange and T-Mobile customers. DC-HSPA, which is a faster variant of 3G, will be live on 40% of the EE network by the end of 2012, though users will be required to have a compatible handset.

The fourth generation mobile network is approximately five times faster than 3G, letting customers enjoy instantaneous load times, whether they are streaming high-definition content, playing live multiplayer games or just browsing the web. A range of 4G LTE compatible handsets is also available, with familiar brands like Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, HTC One XL or Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.


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