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EE Extends 4G Mobile Broadband Network to 21 Additional UK Towns

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 (8:43 am) - Score 795

Mobile operator EE (4GEE) has today announced that their LTE based “superfast4G network has reached another 21 towns, which takes the total to 250 towns and cities (including 2,500 villages and small towns) or 73% of the UK population. Saltash, a town of 15,000 people in Cornwall, is one of the latest additions.

The new additions include Saltash, Bellshill, Sutton in Ashfield, Gravesend, Craigavon, Tyldesley, Cheshunt, Swadlincote, Bishop’s Stortford, Leyland, Guiseley, Ballymena, Frimley, Ormskirk, Potters Bar, Banbridge, Nailsea, Keynsham, Armagh City, Strabane and Dungannon.

Olaf Swantee, EE’s CEO, said:

This is a landmark in our work to bring superfast mobile internet to as many people in as many places as possible. We know the benefits that 4G offers to consumers and businesses, and we’re investing heavily in areas that have not previously had good mobile or fixed line coverage where those benefits can have an ever greater impact.”

It’s good progress but so far this year EE has only managed to add less than a handful of percentage points to take their total coverage to 73%, which makes it increasingly difficult to envisage how they can achieve the original goal of 98% by the end of 2014.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar Stephen says:

    I noticed on Monday that the covergae map is now showing Aberdeen as being a double speed city. So that’s 21 of them now!

  2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

    Yes they’re planning to make “double speeds” available to about twice as many locations.

  3. Avatar Andy says:

    Still of limited use considering the data cap / costs..

  4. Avatar DTMark says:

    What exactly is this “double speed” thing?

    I always buy the pack with the highest data allowance anyway which says “double speed” – if I bought the cheapest one without that, would it only run half as quickly?

    😉

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I recall their early 4G kit having a peak of 40Mbps, while the “double speed” areas can theoretically take this to 80Mbps+. Officially though EE simply states that it raises “the average 4G speed experienced to 20Mbps, and offering peaks as high as 60Mbps”.

      EE seems to give different figures for “double speed” every other month so take with a pinch of salt.

  5. Avatar Bob says:

    Can anyone say how good EE’s 3G speeds are outside of 4G areas in villages/towns/cities?

    1. Avatar DTMark says:

      Speaking only for here:

      Three 3G = 12 to 21 down, 2 to 4 up, strong signal (avg down = 16)

      EE 4G (via Orange) = 20 to 25 down, 20 up, weak signal (avg down = 22)

      EE 3G (via T-Mobile) = 7 to 16 down, 2 to 3 up, medium signal (avg down = 12)

      N.B. EE 4G and EE 3G come from different cells hence differing signal strengths.

    2. Avatar Stephen says:

      Hi Bob
      I have run many speed tests around Aberdeenshire and in general EE’s coverage is excellent, in both smaller towns and rural locations inbetween. It’s quite common to get speeds between 5-20MB/S, although somewhere in the middle is most common.

    3. Avatar Bob says:

      Thanks guys for the info.

      Seems (Orange) EE have improved since the early days.

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