EE brings 4G to 9 more towns

Including Sunderland and Wolverhampton
Adam Smith

January 31, 2013

EE (Everything Everywhere) has switched its 4G LTE service on in nine further places across the UK.

And those places are: Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton.

That brings the total number of cities and towns benefiting from EE’s 4G to 27 – and those large urban centres represent 45 per cent of the UK population.

EE claims that its 4G mobile broadband is five times faster than 3G. Of course, that can be variable depending on the area, and HSPA+ (which is still 3G, although technically 3.5G) can give LTE a good run for its money. 4G is also more expensive, of course, and you’re likely to chew through a tariff faster – but such is the price of speed.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: “As the first operator to bring 4G to the UK it is important that we make it accessible to as much of the population as possible, as quickly as possible. To be ahead of schedule and covering approximately 45 per cent of the population within just 90 days of the launch is a great achievement for our network team.”

Incidentally, the BlackBerry Z10, which was unveiled yesterday, went on sale today, and is an LTE supporting phone which is being offered by EE on its 4G tariffs starting from £31 per month. That doesn’t sound too bad until you realise that’s just for 500MB of data, and the handset still costs £200. Ouchie – 4G really isn’t cheap.


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