EE has today announced plans to rollout its 4G LTE network to another 27 towns in the United Kingdom by June 2013, expanding its 4G coverage to 55% of the U.K. population. The carrier is currently the only network to offer a 4G service in the U.K., but its latest announcements comes as rivals begin making preparations for their own 4G services.
Between April and June, EE is planning to bring 4G to Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan, and Woking.
EE’s 4G network — which promises to be up to five times faster than 3G — currently covers 28 towns and cities across the U.K., and offers devices like the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II, and the HTC One XL. It’s the only 4G network that’s currently available to Brits, but rivals like Vodafone, O2, and Three will begin launching theirs in the coming months.
Three caused a stir last week when it announced that its 4G network will be available to customers at no extra cost later this year. That’s certainly not the case with EE. Most of its handsets come with an up-front fee between £20 and £60 ($31 and $94), and its cheapest tariff comes with just 500MB of data at £31 ($49) a month.