EE has expanded its 4G network to provide faster mobile broadband to more than three million people in rural communities.
The network provider can now provide its 4G service to over 2,500 small towns and villages - areas with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants - across the UK. The rollout will enable businesses and residents to achieve speeds that may be faster than the fixed line broadband already in use.
“We’re committed to remaining one step ahead – adapting our network to make 4G available where it matters most, with a focus on more rural areas, transport links and offering our customers the best network experience and great value, innovative devices and plans,” said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.
EE now plans to double the footprint of its higher capacity network to 40 larger towns and cities by the end of the year, offering speeds that are twice as fast as its standard 4G service, which is typically between 8-10 Mbps.
Outside residential areas, EE has completed the extension of 4G to more busy areas such as airports, roads and train lines. Some 47 major train stations and 22 airports are now 4G connected, while coverage has extended to 50 of the busiest motorways and A-roads. For major roads in heavily built up areas, such as the M25, this has reached more than 80 percent. The company also expects to switch on connectivity for the Eurotunnel in the coming weeks.
EE, which claims to currently have 3.6 million customers for its 4G services, said that sales of 4G contracts outpaced 3G for the first time this month. Total coverage for the UK now stands at 73 percent.
The company recently highlighted its plans to develop a 5G network, expected to go live after 2022.