EE's 4G now covers the homes and businesses of more than 60 percent of the UK population, and is on target to reach 98 percent by the end of 2014.
While rivals are just starting to roll out their 4G LTE service, the UK's first LTE carrier, EE, continues to add cities and towns at breakneck speed. The company today announced the arrival of 4G LTE coverage in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville, Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley, Houghton-le-Spring and Reigate. The addition of these new towns brings EE up to 117 towns. That's up from its milestone of 100 towns at the end of August.
"The whole country is excited about 4G, and today we're making the UK's fastest 4G network available to people and businesses in even more towns around the UK," said EE CEO Olaf Swantee. "The latest mobile devices are best on 4G, and we're switching on that superfast experience in more places before the end of the year, making it accessible to even more people."
Everything Everywhere launched its 4G network just last October. In late August, it announced that it was now live in 100 towns in the United Kingdom. In early September, the company announced that it had already amassed one million customers since it launched. The company was allowed to launch well ahead of the competition after it received special permission to repurpose some of its existing 3G spectrum for 4G LTE. Rival carriers were forced to wait until they could acquire more spectrum.