Mobile provider EE is to expand its 4G coverage to another 10 towns and cities today and a further 19 by Christmas, as the rollout of the largest mobile operator's superfast network gathers pace.
The expansion means that EE will cover 160 UK towns and cities by the end of the year. Currently the provider's 4G service reaches approximately 60 percent of the population, and it is aiming to cover 90 percent by the end of next year.
The rollout comes amid intense competition from different mobile providers to offer superfast coverage, and keen interest from customers. EE revealed in September that it had signed up one million customers to its 4G service four months ahead of target, while O2 and Vodafone have also announced significant expansions to their 4G networks.
EE will launch 4G in Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole, Portsmouth and Redcar today.
By Christmas, the network is expected to cover Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York.
EE's CEO, Olaf Swantee, said: “Smartphones and tablets on 4GEE are going to be a very popular present this Christmas as people across the UK continue to embrace mobile living and we make the superfast service available in even more places.”