EE has unveiled the next stage of its plans for domination of the UK’s superfast broadband and mobile web offering – with the announcement that it has switched another nine areas on to its services up and down the nation.
Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton were selected for the next phase of the roll-out, which started back in October 2012 and brings the total number of connected locations up to 27.
According to Olaf Swantee, the company’s chief executive officer, the move reflects EE’s commitment to bring faster 4G mobile broadband to people all over Britain as quickly and efficiently as possible. “We continue to bring superfast mobile to more and more people, whether they’re using their devices outdoors or in their homes and offices, and to increase the speed and consistency of our 4G and 3G network across the UK,” he explained, adding that being ahead of the schedule it set for itself – with 45 per cent coverage of the population – was “a great achievement for our network team.”
The nine new regions will be added to those that were switched on to 4G when EE launched last year. These included Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton. So far, EE continues to be the only 4G provider – though this looks set to change later in 2013.
EE has also announced it will boost its 4G mobile offering with a new addition to its range of enabled smartphones. Having been announced at a very special event earlier in the week, EE will add the anticipated Blackberry Z10 to a range which already includes smartphones such as the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One XL to name just a few.
The z10 is the first device to come equipped with Research in Motion’s all new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which has been described by industry experts as “key to BlackBerry’s success, or ultimate demise”.