U.K. LTE Network EE Now Covers 45% of the Population With Nine New Markets Added

January 31, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

LTE’s no big deal, right? Well, certainly not if you live in the U.S. of A, but in England LTE hasn’t been around that long at all and there’s still only one carrier that’s offering true 4G across the pond. It’s perhaps a shame to see such a thing but, EE have manged to jump the gun on everyone else. As someone who lives in England, I’d very much like to see the rest of the market compete but, it seems like OFCOM is content on letting EE create a monopoly. Speaking of creating a monopoly the network has now reached 45% coverage of the population in the U.K. through the addition of nine new markets.

Americans are about to snigger at the following place names but, the following towns and cities now have access to 4G LTE through EE:  Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, and Wolverhampton. The added markets certainly beef up EE’s LTE coverage and in areas that are suffering from poor to no 3G, I’m sure the arrival of 4G will be very welcome. With speeds maxing around 20 mbps and upload speeds around 6 mbps it’s not the speeds folks in the U.S. are used to but, it sure beats 3G.

When it comes to Android news there’s a lot of talk about device speed and the next best processor on the horizon but, all of this means little if the internet is barely reachable. With painfully slow 3G speeds you could have the quickest smartphone on the market and still garner a poor experience. Most of what we do on our smartphones is based on the web, and with widespread 4G coming to more parts of the world, it’s ready to go mobile. EE are hoping that by 2014 they will have 98% of the U.K.’s population covered, with that 2% presumably making up rural areas. There are 27 towns and cities that can now enjoy 4G LTE, and EE have come a long way with their speedy network in just 3 months. Personally, I’m hoping that 2013 is the year that EE face fierce competition from the rest of the U.K. operators.

[Source: The Next Web]