EE is speeding up the roll-out of its 4G services, with 17 new towns and cities switching on by March 2013.
The operator, which launched 4G at the end of October, said it is planning to bring 4G to 18 cities by the end of this year, ahead of its original target of 16. Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham went live last week and Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough will follow before the end of this month.The operator will also work on improving density in existing 4G cities. Upon launch, 4G is available in around 80% of the city's limits and 100% of the city centre. EE said it is seeking to improve this coverage as soon as possible. It is also continuing work on rolling out its dual-carrier HSPA 3G technology, which covers 40% of the UK.
By the end of the first quarter next year, EE said it will have brought coverage to around four million people.
Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said: '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. 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.'
The Q1 cities are: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Author: Graeme Neill