EE has announced that 4G has switched on in 14 more UK towns and cities including Carlisle and Hatfield.
The continued expansion of EE’s 4G network sees the company well on track to reaching its target of covering 98 per cent of the UK’s population by the end of 2014.
Today, EE is turning on 4G in in Benfleet, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Rayleigh, Southport and Worksop.
Read our guides to 4G in the UK and what the 4G Spectrum Auction Results meanOlaf Swantee, EE’s chief executive officer said: “One year on from our launch we are bringing 4G to even more places, making the UK’s fastest mobile network available to even more people.
“We continue to grow our 4G coverage all around the country, and the new range of plans gives consumers and businesses more flexibility and choice in how they access superfast mobile.”
Today’s switch on announcement takes the total number of UK locations covered by the 4G network to 131. Average download speeds available on the network weigh in at 20-30Mbps. The top theoretical download speed available in most places is 40Mbps, but EE has launched a speed boosting programme.
This has seen top speeds jump up to 80Mbps and then 150Mbps in 20 cities. As rollout continues, speed boosts will follow eventually increasing speeds for everyone on the network. EE plans to increase top speeds even further to 300Mbps and is trialling these speeds now.
The 20 cities and towns which currently benefit from speed boosts are Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
EE also plans to launch a domestic broadband product in November, where customers who can’t get a decent fixed-line speed or haven’t yet been connected by BT or a BDUK project can tap into superfast 4G. Pricing and technical details for this service have yet to be announced.