EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that as its LTE network rollout continues apace, 4G services are now available in 174 towns and cities across the country, following the switch-on of infrastructure in 14 new locations. With towns including Cannock, Ellesmere Port, Grangemouth, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Motherwell, Paignton, Torquay and Widnes having been added to the network footprint, EE says it now covers 70% of the population and ‘many high usage, non-population areas’.
Alongside its investment in expanding the network, EE has also revealed plans to ensure that commuters have improved connectivity, saying that it will improve standards on major rail and road routes this year. As the first stage of its 4G rail expansion project, the cellco will reportedly make superfast mobile data available along the line from London Euston to Birmingham New Street. Looking ahead, the second stage of the project will extend coverage north to Manchester and Liverpool, and south from London Victoria to Brighton, while stage three will reach Glasgow by the end of 2014. Further, EE also reconfirmed previously announced plans to build a 4G network for passengers travelling to France on the Eurotunnel, saying this infrastructure is set to be complete by ‘late summer’. In addition, EE noted that it has now switched on 4G in 18 of the country’s largest airports, saying that the focus on such locations is part of a programme of activity to switch on 4G and increase capacity in the most heavy usage spots around the country.
Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said of the network developments: ‘More towns right across the UK now have access to the country’s biggest 4G network, and more people can use it where they need it most – in airports and on the busiest commuter routes. We are leading the way with 4G, with twice as much coverage as any other provider, connecting more customers in more places.’