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New plans come as carrier announces 500,000 4G subscribers, double speed rollouts and next phase of LTE expansion

EE, the UK's only 4G carrier, has today announced their next expansion plans for the network, alongside some new sharing plans as well as some pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband plans as well. The new sharing plans will allow customers to share their allowances across different devices, or with other people entirely. The mobile broadband plans represent the first time EE has offered 4G mobile data on the prepaid market. Prices and availability for both will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Also announced today are the first 10 cities to receive the 'double-speed' boost. This will take top line speeds up to 80Mbps with the average download speeds increased to 24-30Mbps. Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield will all receive the boost in the weeks to come. 

Not done there, EE has confirmed a bunch of new towns across the UK that will receive their own LTE expansions in 2013. Customers in Aberdeen, Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Norwich, Poole, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea and York are specifically mentioned as getting 4G data. As well as the expansion to cover towns and cities, the next phase of the LTE rollout will target major commuter routes, shopping centres and Airports such as Gatwick which recently flipped the switch. 

While EE has been criticized for some high pricing for their 4G plans, there's no doubts that they're making the most of their headstart in the market while we await competing networks lighting up. 

Source: EE


Reader comments

EE unveils new 4G plans and next wave of LTE expansion


Why can't companies in the state be like this. At least sprint should pay attention to how ee does their business.

Hi Yankee, I work for EE & 4G is excellent here so far. We have a big head start on the other Companies like Vodafone. we will have full coverage for UK by the end 0f 2014 we also hope roaming on other 4g networks in other countries will be sorted by then although nothing is final for that.

What do you mean by 'full coverage'? An awful lot of the countryside and coast still do not yet have 3G, or even decent broadband speeds. Phone and broadband suppliers have been promising upgrades for many years, but as of Spring 2013 they still haven't delivered.

EE usually refers to it as population coverage, so we're probably not looking at blistering 4G speeds on the shores of Loch Ness anytime soon ;-)

Three UK are roumered to start rolling 4G out in October, according to talk on their Facebook page during Tuesdays 3G outage. Plus they're the only UK Network that do DC-HSDPA that they call 3.9G.

I'm not affiliated with Three UK, just a potential new customer.

I'm going for 3 once my damm contract with Orange is up. The speds are absolutely shit on 3G and seriously I'm not paying their stupid rip off prices..