EE 4G To Reach 160 Towns And Cities By Christmas

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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EE 4G goes live in ten more locations today, with 19 more to follow before Christmas

EE 4G is now live in ten more UK towns and cities, with the operator revealing it plans to add a further 19 locations before Christmas, with record sales predicted in the run up to 25 December.

LTE coverage has now expanded to Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole, Portsmouth and Redcar, bringing the total number of current EE 4G locations to 141.

Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York will all be added in the next three weeks.

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EE 4G Southbank (3)“Smartphones and tablets on 4GEE are going to be a very popular present this Christmas as people across the UK continue to embrace mobile living and we make the superfast service available in even more places,” says EE CEO Olaf Swantee.

The number of towns and cities covered by EE 4G is significantly more than any of its rivals, which is hardly surprising given that it has enjoyed a considerable head start. Ofcom granted EE permission to launch an LTE service last October using its existing 1800MHz spectrum.

EE currently has 1.2 million 4G subscribers and has refreshed its tariffs in the hope of maintaining its lead despite the arrival of competing services. Vodafone and O2 rolled out their own LTE networks in August, while Three’s 4G service is expected to launch any day now – at no extra cost to new and existing customers.

EE’s superior speeds and coverage mean it is the most popular 4G operator among TechWeekEurope readers, although a significant number say they are likely to wait and sign up for LTE services with Three when they become available – that operator is not charging extra for 4G when it delivers it.

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