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UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE switched on 4G connectivity in Cornwall for the first time on Wednesday, pushing it over the 250 connected towns milestone.
Saltash has become to first Cornish town to have 4G, with EE delivering it to the town's 15,000 residents on Wednesday. This comes a month after the mobile operator brought 4G to the seaside town of Wirrell, which saw it turn donkeys into 4G hostpots.
The UK mobile operator has also switched on its 4G network across an additional 20 UK towns, taking its total of connected places to 250.
These newly connected areas include Bellshill, Sutton in Ashfield, Gravesend, Craigavon, Tyldesley, Cheshunt, Swadlincote, Bishop's Stortford, Leyland, Guiseley, Ballymena, Frimley, Ormskirk, Potters Bar, Banbridge, Nailsea, Keynsham, Armagh City, Strabane and Dungannon.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "This is a landmark in our work to bring superfast mobile internet to as many people in as many places as possible.
"We know the benefits that 4G offers to consumers and businesses, and 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."
Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall added, "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.
"The arrival of 4G makes this part of Cornwall one of the best connected areas in the UK.:
EE's announcement comes a week after it announced its H1 2014 earnings, during which it revealed that its number of 4G customers doubled in the first half of the year to 4.2 million, despite its number of pay as you go customers falling by 12.5 percent. EE"s contract customer base grew by 4.7 percent.
EE added that it is now on track to reach its target of connecting six million customers by the end of the year. µ
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