EE’s 4G network rollout in the UK has been nothing short of blistering. Including today’s new towns and cities, the company has gone from 0-62 cities and towns since the end of October. Today’s new LTE sites are: Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St. Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame, and Windsor.
CEO Olaf Swantree is pretty pleased with the continued growth of EE’s coverage:
Our rollout of the country’s first 4G mobile network is continuing at a great pace to ensure that we are connecting people right across the UK to one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, as quickly as possible. [...]
Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile internet more than any other market, and rely on it for long commutes; there is a demand for the best mobile services, and we’re working to meet that demand. We’re committed to rolling out 4G to 98% of the population by the end of 2014, and that includes the double-speed 4G that will launch this summer.
With other carriers not able to offer 4G until at least the end of this summer, EE has a fantastic head start, and if it does have 70% of the UK covered by the end of 2013 as planned, it will be hard for Vodafone and O2 to compete initially.
On a more personal note, Carlisle continues to be neglected for the time being. Leaving me without super-fast mobile coverage. Sad face.