While it waits for other networks to get in the game, EE is expanding its own 4G LTE network.
Eight months on from its launch and UK 4G carrier is still the only LTE provider in the United Kingdom. Still, EE isn't going to get complacent just because it's the one and only. Today, the company announced that its 4G LTE service has gone live in another 11 cities around the country.
"Today's launch sees us continue to extend the reach of superfast 4G mobile to more consumers and businesses across the UK, from Warrington to Weston-super-Mare," said Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE. "With double-speed 4G launching this summer, as well as Shared 4GEE plans and Pay-As-You-Go 4G Mobile Broadband, we continue to innovate and enable the best possible digital experience for our customers."
The cities being treated to brand new 4G service are Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare. According to EE, its 4G now covers the homes and businesses of more than 55 percent of the UK population.
EE launched its 4G LTE network last October with special permission from telecoms watchdog Ofcom. The company was able to launch before anyone else because it reproposed some of its existing 3G spectrum rather than waiting for Ofcom's spectrum auction in early 2013. Though the aforementioned auction is done and dusted, other carriers have yet to launch their own 4G service.