EE 4G reaches 12 more towns and cities

Superfast mobile internet from EE has been switched on in Oldham, Oxford and Wigan as UK 4G coverage expands.

EE, the UK's first major 4G network provider, has switched on its 'superfast' mobile broadband in 12 more locations across the country.

The 4GEE mobile internet service, offering speeds typically five times faster than 3G, is now available to EE customers with compatible devices in 74 towns and cities.

From today, 4G coverage reaches Ashton-under-Lyne, Chatham, Gillingham, High Wycombe, Merthyr Tydfil, Oldham, Oxford, Rochester, Runcorn, Sale, Stafford and Wigan.

In fact, it now covers the homes and businesses of more than half the UK population.

Olaf Swantee, EE's chief executive officer, said: "The pace of our 4G network roll-out continues to keep us at the forefront of the UK mobile market.

"Just seven months after launch, we've covered millions of consumers and businesses with one of the fastest mobile networks in the world."

EE's 4G mobile broadband is on track to reach 98% of the country by the end of 2014.

At present, EE is the only major UK provider to have launched a 4G mobile service, but rivals O2, Vodafone and Three are expected to do the same.

In a recent independent speed test, conducted in Manchester by the data analysis firm RootMetrics, EE unsurprisingly came top in a list of the fastest mobile internet providers.

While EE customers had average download speeds of 15.2Mb, in second place was Three with 6.3Mb on its enhanced 3G network.

Vodafone and O2 customers had the slowest 3G speeds, 5.1Mb and 3.7Mb respectively.

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