EE which is the first UK provider to roll out 4G has expanded it's super fast mobile network to nine more UK towns. The service is now available in 27 towns and cities covering 45% of the UK population. As well as adding the new locations, the operator has also improved network density in existing areas, which should improve the service.
the nine new locations are.
- Hemel Hempstead
- Sutton Coldfield
EE expects to have 98 percent of the U.K. population covered by the end of 2014. So far, the company is on track, but getting the low-invested areas of rural countryside swathed with LTE coverage will be expensive.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “As the first operator to bring 4G to the UK it is important that we make it accessible to as much of the population as possible, as quickly as possible. To be ahead of schedule and covering approximately 45 per cent of the population within just 90 days of the launch is a great achievement for our network team.” Source ; http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/01/31/ee-rolls-out-4g-ahead-of-schedule-to-9-more-uk-towns-covering-45-of-the-population/
Ofcom has opened up the spectrum bidding process to other operators just over a week ago, but the process will take weeks and then the spectrum will be divided up between the bidders which may take a couple of months. These rival networks hope to start rolling out 4G by mid August or September at the latest.