EE have today announced the roll-out of their high-speed 4G LTE network to rural Cumbria.
The network now covers an area of Cumbria of 100 square miles, offering consistent 8-12Mbps speeds to a potential 2,000 new customers, many of which can’t even get fixed-line broadband.
Considering the opportunity this presents for high-speed internet in the region, EE are also considering bringing in price plans specifically for rural customers, though currently the £15.99 minimum price plan remains.
“Using our dedication to innovation and engineering excellence, we are overcoming the challenges of delivering rural connectivity to launch a 4G mobile broadband service in Cumbria,” said Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE.
“This is yet another big step in advancing digital communications in the UK. We’re offering one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, and are pioneering how to make superfast broadband available to homes and businesses that currently have little or no connectivity.”
4G from EE is currently available in 37 UK towns – Amersham, Barnsley, Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Chorley, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newbury, Newcastle, Newport, Nottingham, Preston, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Telford, Walsall, Watford and Wolverhampton.
EE is aiming for 98% of the UK population to have 4G mobile coverage from their network by the end of 2014.