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EE UK Reveals Pre-Christmas 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Rollout Plan

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 (7:02 am) - Score 982
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Mobile operator EE (4GEE) has announced that 10 more towns around the United Kingdom have now been enabled for its 4G (LTE at 1800MHz) based superfast Mobile Broadband network and a further 19 will go live before Christmas day.

The latest towns to go live with the new service include Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole, Portsmouth and Redcar.

The next 19 locations, which are set to go live before Christmas, include Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon, York.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said:

Smartphones and tablets on 4GEE are going to be a very popular present this Christmas as people across the UK continue to embrace mobile living and we make the superfast service available in even more places.”

By the end of 2013 EE will have enabled a total of 160 towns and cities around the United Kingdom and the operator thus remains on-target to reach 98% of the population by the end of 2014.

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  1. Avatar stephen

    Aberdeen started switching on yesterday, according to a report in the local newspaper, I’m gonna pop in a PAYG sim today and see if I can start receiving a signal. Fingers crossed!!!

    • Avatar DTMark

      The coverage map on the EE site proved to be very accurate for me – in a rural area about five miles from nearest town, indicated good coverage which actually turns out to be 1 bar indoors (16″ thick stone walls) and 3 bars outdoors.

      Even with 1 bar indoors we see 20Meg+ down but only about 4Meg up 🙁

      With 3 bars (this simply requires opening the window and putting the dongle on top of it) 23Meg+ down and 20Meg+ up 🙂

  2. Avatar Stephen

    Hi DTMark
    That’s amazing, you must be very happy with that? I’m also roughly 5 miles away from 4 different towns, all of whom should receive EE’s 4G plus my hous is at the top of a hill with almost a clear line to some of the masts so I’m hoping that I can get results even half as good as yours. I don’t know about you but I’m never going to get fibre broadband to my location so I can’t wait to see if 4G works.
    Thanks for posting, that’s made my morning!

    • Avatar DTMark

      We’ve used 3G/4G as our primary home connection for about five years now, 4G for only about 2 months.

      It is really snappy, latency/ping times are great, and watching stuff upload at 2MBps to 3MBps (capital letter B intentional) is quite something after Three 3G’s upstream which to be fair was still in the region of 2 to 3Mbps (lower case b).

      We are due to get VDSL FTTC here, apparently, but it won’t compete with 4G on the upstream and probably not on the downstream either. Though as more people adopt 4G, that downstream speed may fall. At the moment it’s pretty solid.

      For people with cable 23Meg down is a bit lame. For people who can’t get cable it seems incredibly fast, and the upstream is remarkable, on occasion faster than any cable or VDSL FTTC services can go. Just by hanging a dongle out of the window.

      On the other hand it’s £30 for each 10GB so it does test the “would you pay more if it were faster” question.

  3. Avatar Stephen

    I would pay more for a better service, up until now we have had no option but to tolerate sub 2MB/S & 0.3MB/S speeds of a landline. Running a photogrpahy business with large amounts of uploads is not good! But saying that I am now with Three who have excellent rural coverage, but I think I’ll get an EE dongle to tide me over until Three launch next year.
    I hope the ISP’s can do well from unlocking a new market of rural users who don’t have fibre, that’ll teach BT to leave us out!!!!!

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