UK’s Everything Everywhere announces LTE expansion to 17 new markets by March 2013

By , Dec 13, 2012

Everything Everywhere (EE), a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and France Télécom’s Orange, launched UK’s first commercial 4G LTE network on October 30 and today the company has announced a network expansion to seventeen new markets in the country, to be finished by March of next year.

The carrier powers UK’s sole 4G LTE network so would-be iPhone buyers should be delighted to learn that its 4G density is “being increased on a daily basis”

These are the cities getting EE’s 4G LTE during the first three months of 2013: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

With the company’s 2012 4G roll-out, four million more people across the UK will have access to LTE technology. The carrier has previously flipped the switch on LTE last week in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham. It confirmed plans to enable LTE in Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough before year’s end.

Councillor Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor of Leicester will be switched on in early 2013. All told, EE’s LTE will be in eighteen markets and covering a third of UK’s population by the end of 2012. Rival O2, Vodafone and Three will start rolling out their flavors of LTE some time before summer of next year.

EE noted in a media release it’s also in the process of improving its 3G network infrastructure with support for dual-carrier High Speed Packet Access, commonly referred to as DC-HSPA, a high-speed radio technology supported by the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini and other high-end mobile devices.

DC-HSPA allows user to experience top data speeds on 3G cellular networks that have been upgraded with support for the radio technology. EE on its part promises to bring DC-HSPA to about forty percent of its network, available to Orange and T-Mobile customers with a compatible handset.

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  • f5faith

    With the company’s 2102 4G roll-out, four million more people across the UK will have access to LTE technology. typo 2102

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Fixed, thanks

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Woohoo Leicester..
    Just need a iPhone 5s now ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

    arnt 3 Mobile doing a deal with EE to be able to use their 4g signal? would that mean they will automatically get all the coverage?

  • DJ Garcia

    iPhone 5 still sucks cock.

  • Jonathan

    4G is such a mess. EE shouldn’t have been allowed to create their network before the others, it means the prices will be much higher than they would be otherwise (if all the networks created their 4G networks at the same time, they wouldn’t know what the competition was, so they’d all try to be cheap, but now they know EE is charging a lot for it, so they can do the same). And phone manufacturers will sell phones as just 4G enabled, and consumers won’t realise that EE’s 4G is different to other network’s 4G, and won’t realise that an iPhone 5 will only work on EE’s 4G.

    Also the more rural areas are still going to be left with pathetic coverage of 2G services if they are lucky. 90% of the population still leaves a lot of holes. And people don’t really need great cell signal where they live, as they’ll have WiFi there. Whereas you want 4G outside of the towns and cities, for when in cars and travelling etc. A competitive market is not healthy for cellular networks, it encourages overlap and duplicity. If you look at the coverage maps for each network, they are practically the same.

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      EE have created there network before the others because the other were not ready for it and did not look it to it. As for pricing EE have said that they will be cheaper than the others when they get a 4G network up
      As for the gaps in the network it’s just got up and running . What should they do get the whole country covered before they switch it on or where they can switch it on and get started with the roll out…

      • Jonathan

        The original plan was for all networks to start 4G services next year. Ofcom allowed EE to start ahead of the others. And I meant the current 2G/3G is fill of holes, in the same places on all the networks. I completely understand the tiny amount of 4G