Accrington named 100th LTE market, 'double-speed' now in five more towns

EE continues to expand the reach of its 4G network, and on the eve of O2 and Vodafone's 4G switch-ons, the British operator has announced that it's brought LTE to more than 100 markets. Accrington in Lancashire was named as the hundredth EE 4G town, prompting a tenuous endorsement deal from tangentially-related football personality Ian Rush.

EE also sends word that a further nine towns have been activated for 4G this month in addition to Accrington — Ashford, Bicester, Colchester, Guildford, Milton Keynes, Redhill, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Woking, bringing the total to 105. In addition, EE claims 60 percent UK population coverage for its 4G network, and says it's switched on "double speed" 4G LTE in Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, enabling more spectrum for high-speed data.

Tomorrow rival operators O2 and Vodafone will launch their 4G networks. O2 will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford, while Vodafone will launch in London only.

Source: EE