At the end of October, EE launched the UK’s first 4G LTE service which was made available in 11 cities across the country. Today, it has announced a further 17 cities which where the high speed data signal will be switched on in early 2013.
The lucky cities are: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromich and Wolverhampton. All these places can expect 4G LTE to arrive by March next year. EE is working towards achieving complete (well, 98% ) coverage of the UK by the end of 2014.
While EE doesn’t have any competition at the moment, Vodafone, O2 and Three are about to start bidding in Ofcom’s 4G spectrum auction, paving the way for their own super fast networks by the end of next summer.
EE’s making the most of its head start though, and in addition to announcing the next cities to receive its 4G network, has also pledged to continue improving services in the first 11 cities. This should mean improved connections, better reception and crucially, faster data speeds too. How fast? EE says it’s five times faster than the 3G connections which we’re accustomed to, and that’s a very tempting proposition.
By the time the new cities are switched on, EE should have announced the pricing and availability of the HTC One SV, the latest smartphone to be approved for use on the network. It’s a mid-range Android phone, therefore won’t be as pricey as the One XL, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S III, Lumia 920 or iPhone 5 devices, all of which are ready to provide the fastest data connection in the UK.