EE pushes 4G coverage to more of UK

The latest towns to receive 4G include Basildon, Basingstoke and Bracknell as EE keeps up the pace, expanding coverage into yet more new places up and down the country.

EE has expanded its 'superfast' mobile network to include 11 more UK towns, bringing 4G coverage within reach of over 55% of the UK population.

The 4G service, offering mobile internet typically five times faster than 3G - technology currently used by other mobile network operators - now covers 85 towns and cities.

Today, EE 4G is being switched on in Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare.

It's expected to reach more than 70% of the population by the end of 2013.

Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, said: "Today's launch sees us continue to extend the reach of superfast 4G mobile to more consumers and businesses across the UK, from Warrington to Weston-super-Mare.

"With double-speed 4G launching this summer, as well as shared 4GEE plans and pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband, we continue to innovate and enable the best possible digital experience for our consumers."

EE is the first - and currently the only - major UK provider of a 4G mobile service. Rivals network operators, such as O2 and Vodafone, are expected to launch 4G later this year.

Meanwhile, EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere - after the merging of two networks, T-Mobile and Orange - has plans to switch on a faster 4G service in 10 UK cities, including London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Liverpool, by the end of summer 2013.

The company has predicted mobile internet usage will rise by as much as 750% between now and 2016, as the people of Britain demand increasing amounts of data on tablets, smartphones and other connected devices.

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