The UK’s first network to deliver 4G LTE mobile services, EE, has announced that a further 17 towns will be able to enjoy its high-speed spectrum by March 2013.
During the first three months of next year, 4G will be switched on in Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. This will bring LTE coverage to around four million people across the UK in total.
When the 4G network was announced, along with the re-brand of Everything Everywhere to just EE, 16 major cities were the first to be targeted by the technology. Last week, 4G was switched on in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham, with Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough also set to be covered by the end of 2012.
“By the end of the first quarter of 2013, 4G will be available in 35 towns and cities across the UK, making superfast mobile accessible to thousands more customers and businesses every day,” said EE’s CEO, Olaf Swantee.
“We’re delighted with the progress of the 4G rollout – we are improving the network every day, delivering superfast mobile to more and more people right across metropolitan areas, whether they’re using their devices outdoors or in their homes and offices. This has struck a chord with businesses in particular, with great demand being seen.”
The company continues its pursuit of 4G custom before rival operators can get in on the act. The beginning of the week saw Ofcom open up applications for the rest of the industry to submit their interest in launching 4G services next year, ahead of the spectrum auction due to take place in January.