Mobile network operator EE has announced that its 4G mobile network is now available in Cornwall with Saltash being the first town to avail of the service. Residents in the town will now be able to benefit from mobile internet speeds that are five times faster than 3G.
Saltash is the 250th town to receive 4G from EE. Along with the Cornwall location, 20 more towns were switched on to EE's 4G service today, including Bellshill, Sutton in Ashfield, Gravesend, Craigavon, Tyldesley, Cheshunt, Swadlincote, Bishop's Stortford, Leyland, Guiseley, Ballymena, Frimley, Ormskirk, Potters Bar, Banbridge, Nailsea, Keynsham, Armagh, Strabane and Dungannon. The superfast connectivity is now also available in more than 2,500 villages and small towns across the UK.
Commenting on the rollout of 4G, Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: 'This is a landmark in our work to bring superfast mobile internet to as many people in as many places as possible.'
He added that EE knows the benefits that 4G offers to consumers and businesses. 'We’re investing heavily in areas that have not previously had good mobile or fixed-line coverage where those benefits can have an ever greater impact,' he explained.
Speaking on the arrival of 4G to Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, said: 'The arrival of EE’s 4G mobile services in Saltash will be great news for local businesses and residents. Now the latest generation of mobile technology has arrived, Saltash is an area where it is even more attractive to live, to work and to do business.'
She added that the arrival of 4G makes this part of Cornwall 'one of the best connected areas' in the UK.