EE extends 4G network, aims to better cater for UK’s commuters

EE has announced a further expansion of its 4G LTE network, aiming to cover more rail routes, airports, and 14 more towns across the UK.

The network also announced that it wasn’t just concerned about mobile surfing speeds, and that good old fashioned call quality was still important – with improved standards also promised on this front.

The 14 towns that will get 4G from EE are: Belper, Cannock, Ellesmere Port, Grangemouth, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Keighley, Motherwell, Paignton, Richmond (in North Yorkshire), Skelmersdale, Torquay and Widnes.

That brings the total amount of towns and cities covered by 4GEE up to 174, and EE now covers 70 per cent of the UK’s population with LTE.

EE’s train plans will see the company bringing 4G to some of the country’s busiest rail routes – initially on the London Euston to Birmingham New Street line. The second stage of the rail rollout will reach up to Manchester and Liverpool, and down to Brighton, with the third stage extending to Glasgow.

Planes are in the mix as well as trains, as EE has just brought 4G to 18 of the UK’s largest airports – the service is now live across all of England’s major airports, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Belfast International along with George Best Belfast City.

Commuters will not only benefit from 4G, but EE is promising improved call quality for those travelling around the UK on popular rail and road routes. Voice calls will be more “consistent” and “reliable” across major motorways and train lines, the network claims.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, commented: “Our network investment in 2014 is not just about giving people faster mobile data – phone calls are still an incredibly important part of the mobile experience, and we’re investing to ensure that people travelling all over the UK can make phone calls in more places and with better quality than ever before.”

At the start of the year, EE hit two million 4G subscribers, double the number it expected to reach after 2013 was over.