EE brings 4G to 14 more towns


The operator has also committed to rolling out the superfast service to all major rail and road commuter routes by the end of 2014

EE has rolled out 4G to 14 more towns, bringing the total to 174, or 70 per cent of the population.

Belper, Cannock, Ellesmere Port, Grangemouth, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Keighley, Motherwell, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Skelmersdale, Torquay and Widnes are the latest places to have access to 4GEE.

EE has also switched on 4G in 18 of the UK’s largest airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood and Blackpool.

Rail and road

The operator said it will now focus on increasing coverage of key rail and road commuter routes.

Routes from London Euston to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street will be enhanced by summer, with routes from London stations to Bristol, Nottingham, Southend and Cambridge joining by the end of the year.

Phone call quality and reliability will also be improved across the M25, M1, M4, M6, M8 and M74 by summer. The M3, M5, M40, A1 and M26 will be covered by the end of the year.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee told journalists at an event yesterday (February 18) that it has reduced its dropped call rate by 50 per cent in the last six months.

Swantee said: “Our network investment in 2014 is not just about giving people faster mobile data – phone calls are still an incredibly important part of the mobile experience, and we’re investing to ensure that people travelling all over the UK can make phone calls in more places and with better quality than ever before.”

The company said it will spend £275 million on call quality and innovation in 2014.