UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE on Thursday switched on 4G in 13 more cities across the UK, as it announces intentions to be live in 80 cities by June this year.
EE today announced that it has rolled out its 4G services to 13 more cities, bringing the total number of LTE connected cities to 50 - equal to 50 percent of the UK population. The cities receiving 4G on Thursday are Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich.
Residents in these areas will have plenty of different 4G smartphones to choose from too, EE boasts, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One set to arrive on its LTE network.
Not content with 50 cities, EE tells us that it plans to extend this number to 80 cities by June this year, but it's still unclear which 30 cities will be added to the list.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "With these major milestones of 50 towns and cities and 50% of the population, we're remaining ahead of our schedule to equip UK consumers and businesses with 4G.
"Our customers are at the heart of our rollout and we are working hard to deliver 4G to 70% of the UK population by the end of this year, and 98% of the population by the end of 2014."
EE's extended rollout follows the news that the network is bringing its fast 4G connectivity to rual Cumbria, following a successful trial in the county. EE announced last week that it will be delivering 4G to residents of Northern Fells in Cumbria, who should be able to reach peak speeds of 20Mbit/s. µ
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