EE has announced that its 4G service, currently the only one live in the UK, will expand to a further 17 towns and cities across the country by March of next year.
That’s on top of the 18 cities which will have 4G coverage by the end of this year, in other words, within the next fortnight. So in total, come spring 2013, 35 towns and cities will be covered by EE’s superfast mobile service.
The 17 new towns and cities to get coverage early on in 2013 are as follows: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, commented: “We’re delighted with the progress of the 4G rollout – we are improving the network every day, delivering superfast mobile to more and more people right across metropolitan areas, whether they’re using their devices outdoors or in their homes and offices. This has struck a chord with businesses in particular, with great demand being seen. We’re delighted to already be powering large, medium and small businesses with 4G.”
EE also notes that it’s constantly working on increasing its network density in covered areas, with more masts meaning a greater area of coverage.
EE claims that, according to independent testing by RootMetrics in Manchester last month, its average 4G download speed was 17Mbps outside. Indoors, it was 9.7Mbps, with an average upload of 5.1Mbps.
Finally, the network also noted that it is improving its DC-HSPA coverage, or 3.5G as we like to call it, and faster HSPA surfing speeds will be available across 40 per cent of EE’s network by the end of 2012. A good HSPA connection isn’t too far off what can be achieved with 4G.