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4G now covers half of UK as EE expands LTE rollout

4G front-runner EE has today rolled out its LTE service to a further 12 locations, meaning a total of 62 towns and cities in the UK can now enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity.

Newly bestowed with the next-gen spectrum are Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame, and Windsor.

EE, the amalgamation of T-Mobile and Orange formerly known as Everything Everywhere, says 4G now covers over half of the UK population. The firm plans to launch LTE in a further 18 towns and cities by the end of June, and bring 4G access to 70 per cent of the population by the end of 2013.

“Our 4G rollout is ensuring that we’re connecting people right across the UK to one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, as quickly as possible,” said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.

“Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile Internet more than any other market, and we’re working to meet that demand right across the country. We’ll roll out 4G to 98 per cent of people in 2014, including the double-speed 4G that will launch this summer.”

EE’s time as the sole purveyor of 4G connectivity will soon be coming to an end however, as rival operators including O2 and Vodafone prepare to launch their own LTE services in the coming months, having secured slices of the UK’s refarmed mobile spectrum in Ofcom’s auction earlier this year.

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