UK mobile network operator EE has outlined plans for the next phase of its 4G network rollout as it revealed that more than half a million subscribers have now signed up for its LTE-based services. Notably, the cellco has confirmed that it expects to introduce its ‘double-speed’ 4G in ten cities ‘within weeks’, saying that the technology improvement will see downlink speeds boosted to 80Mbps, more than double the average 24Mbps-30Mbps it currently offers. The first locations that will benefit from the speed increases have been named as: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. Meanwhile, EE has said it expects its 4G network to cover 55% of the UK population by the end of this month, while it is aiming for 98% coverage by the end of 2014. In terms of specific rollout targets for 2013, the operator named a number of ‘key towns and cities’ which it expects to cover this year, with those being: Aberdeen, Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Norwich, Poole, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea and York. Further, as part of the next phase of its network rollout, EE has said it aims to introduce 4G connectivity in shopping centres and airport hubs.