EE still full steam ahead with 4G in the UK, more cities added before summer

EE 4GEE launched the UK’s first 4G network in October last year, when it was made available in just a handful of cities. Now, following the steady addition of new areas, it claims to cover 45 percent of the UK’s population with its high speed data network. The latest place to enjoy 4G with EE was Newbury, which went online earlier this week and became the 28th tick on EE’s coverage to-do list.

Yesterday, EE confirmed it would be adding another 27 towns and cities to that list between April and June, which will take the coverage up to 55 percent. The list of lucky recipients is as follows:

Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking.

Phew, that’s a lot of new locations, and as the network coverage will also include many of the smaller towns and villages around these larger locations, EE’s doing a good job of keeping up with the targets it set itself at launch.

While coverage is going up, prices are coming down – although not by much – something which can’t happen soon enough judging by the competition. Three UK talked about its 4G plans recently, and it doesn’t intend to charge any extra at all for 4G connectivity, plus it will offer tariffs with unlimited data, something sorely missing from EE’s menu. Sadly, its own network won’t be operational until later in the year, by which time all the other major networks will also have their 4G tariffs sorted out.

EE is making the most of its head start, but will it be able to maintain growth once the competition heats up in the summer?

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Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars