Knowing that it only has a limited time as the UK’s only 4G LTE provider, EE has been moving really fast to upgrade all its infrastructure. The carrier has announced yet more markets will see LTE coverage from today. Along with the UK’s biggest cities, now Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton will have superfast “4GEE” coverage.
What that means is that EE now boasts 45% LTE coverage of the UK’s population just 90 days after it first launched its network. And – best of all – it’s still on track to deliver 98% coverage by the end of 2014 (if not before). Sadly – still – my city, Carlisle, is yet to see any 4G loving and I suspect it will be closer to 2014 than 2013 that we’ll see it up here in the sticks.
One of EE’s chiefs, Olaf Swantee stated:
To be ahead of schedule and covering approximately 45% of the population within just 90 days of the launch is a great achievement for our network team. We continue to bring superfast mobile to more and more people, whether they’re using their devices outdoors or in their homes and offices, and to increase the speed and consistency of our 4G and 3G network across the U.K.
We’re yet to see any of the UK’s other carriers switch on its LTE. With the auction happening very soon, we will see competition for EE before the year’s up. Three and Phones 4u’s own MVNO, “LIFE Mobile” will be switching their on in around autumn this year as they both piggy-back off EE’s network.