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EE brings 4G to 11 more towns including Aldershot and Basildon

Now covers 55 percent of the UK
Thu Jun 27 2013, 11:27
Smartphone dispalying EE 4G logo

UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE has brought its 4G LTE network to 11 more towns across the UK.

EE announced on Thursday that its network now covers 85 towns and cities in the UK. That's thanks to today's switch-on, which saw EE's 'superfast' 4G service arrive in Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare.

This means users in these towns will be able to upgrade to handsets such as a Samsung Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5 with LTE support, and should be able to reach speeds of around 40Mbps. Soon this might climb to 80Mbps, with EE recently having announced plans to double the speed of its 4G network. This service will make its debut this summer in cities including London and Birmingham.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee suggested that thanks to its speedy rollout and network upgrade plans, the operator is well on its way to serving a million 4G customers by the end of 2013. He said, "Today's launch sees us continue to extend the reach of superfast 4G mobile to more consumers and businesses across the UK, from Warrington to Weston-super-Mare.

"With double-speed 4G launching this summer, as well as Shared 4GEE plans and Pay-As-You-Go 4G Mobile Broadband, we continue to innovate and enable the best possible digital experience for our customers."

Thanks to today's rollout, EE's 4G network now covers 55 percent of the UK, with the operator planning to reach 70 percent coverage before the year is out.

However, if Ofcom's latest statistics are anything to go by the network might struggle to convince consumers to switch to its network, having topped the watchdog's most complained about network list. µ


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