Nine more UK cities and towns are now basking in the glow of 4G after EE expanded its LTE infrastructure to now cover a claimed 45% of the UK population.
The latest crop of locations to get the 4G green-light are: Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton.
“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,” EE CEO Olaf Swantee said of the latest batch of switch-ons.
“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.”
That 45% population figure sounds impressive, but it's obviously slanted massively towards getting the most populated cities switched on first, and it's a vastly different picture when you consider the actual geographic coverage of EE's 4G infrastructure.
It's a particular problem the further north you travel, despite the latest batch of 4G inductees including a higher percentage of locations “up north” than we've seen so far.
As for extremely up north, a.k.a. Scotland, you're fine if you count Glasgow or Edinburgh as home, but the rest of Scotland is still waiting for the 4G revolution – and for the record, Ofcom has already said Northern Scotland will be the last part of the UK to get access to LTE technology.
Ofcom, meanwhile, is in the process of auctioning off a further two spectrum bands intended for 4G data services. Among the bidders are EE itself, plus its three network rivals O2, Vodafone and Three, and HKT, a UK offshoot of Hong Kong-based PCCW.