UK network EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced that it will be rolling out its LTE services to 27 more markets by June 2013. EE is currently the only UK network to offer LTE data on its network and it claims that by June this year it will have coverage of 55% of the UK population up from its current claim of 45%.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE, said:
“Our business customers want a 4G network that covers the markets in which they operate, and that is exactly what we are building for them – and at a phenomenal rate. We’re set to cover more than half of the UK population by Summer, staying ahead of the schedule that we set for ourselves at launch, and continuing to demonstrate the amazing value of 4G mobile to many organisations with different challenges and different needs.”
Between April and June, 4G will be launched in 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.
EE has quite a head start with LTE over the other UK networks and it looks like it is making the most of that now. The other UK networks like Three, Vodafone and O2 should see some movement on their own LTE services by the summer of this year with Three already announcing that It will not be charging any premium for LTE. This year could eventually be the year that the UK catches up with the US and will finally be able to offer super fast mobile data at affordable prices.