Three bringing 4G to 46 UK cities by end of 2014

Three has announced that a total of 46 UK cities will have access to its 4G network by the end of 2014.

Cnet report that Reading has been added to Birmingham, London and Manchester as a city that will be connected by the end of 2013 with the remaining 42 cities gaining access by the end of 2014.

The full list of 42 places is as follows: Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Stockport, Swindon, Watford, and York.

Further to the list of 46 places is the news that Manchester’s coverage extends to Oldham, and Birmingham’s 4G capabilities extend to Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

Three is the last of the UK’s mobile phone networks to offer 4G services to its customers and its range of coverage is a lot lower than EE, the first to offer 4G services. Customers in over 100 towns and cities can already access EE’s 4G network, which means they cover 60 per cent of the population.

The speeds also differ with 14mbps given as a “realistic connection speed” from Three and EE claiming that customers can access 24mbps speeds in double-speed areas.

One thing that does work in Three’s favour is the fact its customers can upgrade to LTE free of charge when the network goes live in December. All Three customers need do to activate is to install a software update and, as long as the device supports 4G LTE, it will have access to the faster service.

Three said that its 4G network will have reached 98 per cent of the country by 2015 and be available to 50 town and cities by the end of 2014.