EE announces LTE coverage landmark

28 Apr 2014

EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, has confirmed that it is now offering 4G LTE-based services in 200 towns across the country, giving it coverage of 72% of the population. With the operator confirming a raft of new locations where its network had been made available, it said the seaside town of Rhyl in North Wales was the 200th location to gain access to its 4G infrastructure. Alongside Rhyl, the other locations where access to the network was enabled were: Armadale, Bishop Auckland, Brighouse, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Newry, Peterlee, Staines, Stockton-on-Tees and Washington.

In making the announcement EE noted that its ‘rigorous’ switch on requirements mean that locations are not considered ‘official’ 4GEE towns until at least 80% of the area is covered. Looking ahead, and as it continues to activate ‘hundreds of 4G sites all over the UK every month’, the operator said that many additional towns are set to be announced in the near future.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said of the network development and uptake to date: ‘Today we switch on our 200th 4G town just 18 months after pioneering the service in the UK … We now have over two million customers using superfast 4G. That’s the fastest rollout and uptake of any technology in Britain, and means that the UK’s mobile digital infrastructure is now ahead of many other nations.’

United Kingdom, EE