Vodafone and EE (opens in new tab) have increased the number of towns and cities that can enjoy 4G access with a number of major cities now part of the 4G rollout.
Vodafone’s 4G network is now available to customers in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield with those on the Red 4G-ready plan able to enjoy speeds that are on average six times faster than 3G.
The company also announced that Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester would gain access to 4G services by the end of October with Vodafone hoping to cover 98 per cent of the UK by 2015.
EE, on the other hand, launched 4G in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville, Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley, Houghton-le-Spring, and Reigate to bring the total to 117 towns and cities. It means that over 60 per cent of the UK’s homes and business have access to EE’s 4G service and the company stated that it’s well on track to reach 98 per cent by the end of next year.
“The whole country is excited about 4G, and today we’re making the UK’s fastest 4G network available to people and businesses in even more towns around the UK. The latest mobile devices are best on 4G, and we’re switching on that superfast experience in more places before the end of the year, making it accessible to even more people,” commented Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE.
All four of the UK’s largest mobile phone networks have announced plans to offer 4G services (opens in new tab) with Vodafone and O2 launching respective networks at the end of August. EE, meanwhile, has been offering services since 2012 and as such has wider coverage than the other two.
Three has yet to launch its 4G network and will do so before the end of the year with the promise that current customers will pay no extra fees to access 4G if their handset allows them to do so.