EE’s Ofcom-approved head start on UK 4G continues to spread across the country, like some sort of super-expensive faster-than-3G virus.
At launch back in October 2012, a modest 11 cities had access to EE 4G, but that number has risen steadily, and now sits at a healthy 50, which EE claims equates to 50% UK coverage.
At last count, around a month ago, we were at 37 EE 4G cities. The 13 noobs are, in vaguely alphabetical order: Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich. Welcome to the party, guys. I hope you’ve been saving your pennies.
By the end of June, EE aims to add another 30 names to the list, bringing the total to 50 + 30 = 80. Yeah, I did maths at university.
By the end of the year, we’re told to expect EE’s UK 4G coverage to increase to 70%, and 98% by the end of 2014.
EE claims that its superfast 4G is “approximately five times faster than 3G”, with average speeds of 16Mbps, and peak speeds of 50Mbps “on a frequent basis”.
In other EE news, the UK's first 4G network is also now taking Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-orders.