Everything Everywhere or short EE, the UK‘s first 4G mobile operator, has added 9 more towns to its 4G coverage area ahead of schedule it announced today. As of today, EEcustomers in Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford,Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton will be enjoying superfast ‘mobile broadband’ in their area of coverage.
Having launched only 90 days ago, EE were the first operator to bring superfast mobile browsing to the UK consumer, as their rivals O2, Vodafone and Three are still locked in a bidding war with Ofcom, the UK‘s Communication regulator. It’s believed this bidding for the 28 lots of 800Mhz and 2.6Ghz will last till late spring or early Summer, ensuring that EE has a nice run of unrivalled dominance in the 4G market.
This latest addition has increased EE‘s 4G coverage to 45%, as well as showing their customers they are dedicated to bring the latest technology to the streets of the UK.
“As the first operator to bring 4G to the UK it is important that we make it accessible to as much of the population as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Said EE CEO Olaf Swantee. As well as increasing their 4G network, EE have pledged to shore up their 3G services which is provided by their subsidiaries Orange and T-Mobile.
Remember, to get these speeds, you will have to be on an EE 4G plan. When they launched their range of 4G phones, EE offered their customers the chance to subscribe to the 4G plan which would be ‘turned on’ when 4G was available in their area. Living in a reasonably small and insignificant town, I didn’t expect 4G to come to my town till quite late, so to see Southend-on-Sea on today’s list was a real surprise.
4GEE is available in 27 UK towns and cities today – Amersham, Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton. EE is aiming for 98% of the UK population to be covered by the end of 2014.
Do you live in any of the cities listed? Have you found 4G service up and running? Let us know in the comments.