EE launched its 4G network in 11 cities on the last day of October this year and have promised to launch 4G in another 7 cities before the end of 2012. The latest news from EE is that they will launch 4G in an additional 17 towns and cities prior to March 2013.
The first wave of cities to have received 4G on the last day of October was Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. 4G was also switched on in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham this month while Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough will get 4G before the end of 2012.
The third wave of towns and cities to receive 4G before the end of March 2013 will be Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
At the end of March 2013, EE ( which owns Orange and T-Mobile ) will have launched its 4G mobile network in 35 towns and cities but 4G.co.uk note there are 66 cities in the UK and over 1000 towns. EE say that around 12 million people will have access to 4G by the end of March 2013 but 4G.co.uk also note that the UK population is over 62 million.
The 4G network density within each city and town where 4G has been launched is being increased. This is to ensure that the new 4G mobile network coverage matches the existing 2G and 3G network coverage with the aim of providing a city-wide blanket 4G coverage. In addition, EE say they are increasing the capacity of 4G networks to meet future demands. EE’s mobile back-haul ( from the mast to the core network servers ) is being invested in on a daily basis to fully support the 4G mobile network structure.
In addition to its 4G investment, EE are fully committed to upgrading its 3G mobile network to the latest standard of DC-HSPA and this will be available to 40% of the UK population by the end of 2012. This is important because most of the 4G enabled smartphones support DC-HSPA and when a customer is outside a 4G signal area they will at least benefit from the fastest 3G speeds available.
“By the end of the first quarter of 2013, 4G will be available in 35 towns and cities across the UK, making superfast mobile accessible to thousands more customers and businesses every day. We’re delighted with the progress of the 4G rollout – we are improving the network every day, delivering superfast mobile to more and more people right across metropolitan areas, whether they’re using their devices outdoors or in their homes and offices. This has struck a chord with businesses in particular, with great demand being seen. We’re delighted to already be powering large, medium and small businesses with 4G.” said Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE.