UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE announced on Wednesday that it has switched on its 4G LTE connectivity in 14 more towns and 18 airports.
Ramping up its 4G coverage, with O2, Three and Vodafone also now offering LTE connectivity, EE announced today that it has turned on 4G in an additional 14 UK towns, taking its total of connected towns and cities to 174, or 70 percent of the population.
The towns EE switched on today are Belper, Cannock, Ellesmere Port, Grangemouth, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Keighley, Motherwell, Paignton, Richmond in North Yorkshire, Skelmersdale, Torquay and Widnes.
EE switched on 4G coverage in 18 UK airports today as well, saying that it is increasing capacity in the most heavy used areas around the country. The mobile operator is also planning to bring 4G LTE to the UK's busiest train routes later this year, too.
Airports that now have access to EE's 4G service are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood and Blackpool.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "More towns right across the UK now have access to the country’s biggest 4G network, and more people can use it where they need it most - in airports and on the busiest commuter routes.
"We are leading the way with 4G, with twice as much coverage as any other provider, connecting more customers in more places."
Swantee added that as part of today's announcement, the firm is also looking to improve call quality across the UK.
He said, "But our network investment in 2014 is not just about giving people faster mobile data - phone calls are still an incredibly important part of the mobile experience, and we're investing to ensure that people traveling all over the UK can make phone calls in more places and with better quality than ever before."
EE also announced today that it will create 1,000 more jobs in the UK, news that was welcomed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Cameron said, "It's great news that EE is bringing over 1,000 jobs back to the UK. As part of our long term economic plan, I believe we can become the world's leading re-shoring nation and provide new opportunities for hard working people." µ