The UK’s first 4G LTE network went online at the end of October in just 11 cities, but EE hasn’t been having a well deserved rest, and has instead been preparing the next batch to receive a next generation high speed data connection. There are 17 cities on the list, which is as follows:
- St Albans
- Sutton Coldfield
- West Bromich
4G will be made available before March 2013. According to CNet, EE has also switched the signal on in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham recently, with Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough all expected to come online before the end of the year.
While EE currently goes unchallenged in the UK with its 4G network, in the few months after it launches its service in these cities, it’s likely that Three, Vodafone and O2 will be in the final stages of creating their own networks. Ofcom is about to begin the all important spectrum auctions which will enable them to do so, and EE’s rival networks are all targeting a summer 2013 switch-on.
EE has also come under fire for its pricey tariffs, with even the basic package costing £36 and only providing 500MB of data per month. Its selection of smartphones is good though, and HTC has just announced it will be adding the new One SV Android phone to the network’s mid-range line-up soon.
In addition to all the new cities and phone announcements, EE says it’s working hard to improve connections and reliability in the first batch of 4G cities, ensuring those early adopters get the best speeds possible. Have you been tempted by EE’s promise of super-fast data, or are you waiting to see what the other networks offer before committing?