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EE with 4G in 95 towns and cities covers almost 60% of people
Wednesday 24 July 2013 11:22:17 by Andrew Ferguson

Another set of results, this time from EE who are currently the only 4G mobile network in the UK, and with the service available in just 95 towns and cities is already apparently covering 60% of the UK population. The double speed version of 4G is available in a subset of 15 cities with tested download speed averages of 24 to 30 Mbps compared to the 12 to 15 Mbps of standard 4G.

Of course EE is not just a mobile provider, they have a fixed line broadband product, and the customer base has risen by some 10,000 connections in the quarter to 704,000 which will be a welcome boost. Alas no data on the take-up of the FTTC (fibre) product range, given they quote data for dial-up customers (5,000) there is a chance that the customer base might be even smaller than that if not bothering to mention it to their financial investors.

In theory with EE saying they are on course to hit 98% coverage with 4G by 2014, there is obviously a lot of work as only five more months left to enable 4G at lots of locations, or has someone missed the words 'end of' in the release.

The 98% coverage level matches their current 3G levels, with 2G extending to 99%. If 4G really becomes available to 98% of the population, then the 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment is simple, give out free 4G dongles, and save the rest of the money for the other 2%. We suspect alas that reality will not be this straightforward.

Comments

Posted by johnpopham over 3 years ago
I've got more than 50Mbps on EE at Kings Cross Station in London. Evidence here http://www.speedtest.net/android/508303275.png
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Note the use of the word average, rather than peak in the article.

Would be interesting to see the throughput graph from that test. i.e. flat and steady or spiky and where the reported speed sits on the graph.
Posted by mitchja over 3 years ago
Nice to see EE's 4G coverage rapidly catching up to O2's 3G coverage lol :)
Posted by johnpopham over 3 years ago
Don't have that I'm afraid, I was rushing out of the station on the way to a meeting at the time, and just wanted to test whether the doubled speed had been implemented
Posted by shaunhw over 3 years ago
Some use this 4g is with the pathetic allowances.

It might suit a billionaire with no fast broadband to his mansion I suppose. But then he'd just get a leased line put in!

3G offerings are currently far better value. I think 4G at the moment is completely pointless and a waste of bandwidth which could be put to better use.
Posted by mitchja over 3 years ago
If you have an iPhone 5 and you are on LTE, you see what bandwidth your 4G is using by putting the iPhone into field test mode (open the dialler, key in *3001#12345#* press call) then select 'Serving Cell Info'

Standard EE4G will be show 10 Mhz for the download and the double speed EE4G will show as 20 Mhz
Posted by otester over 3 years ago
@johnpopham

Not hard to have high speeds when they provide very low usage plans.
Posted by XRaySpeX over 3 years ago
"they quote data for dial-up customers (5,000)"
Even this figure could be overstated as we have dial-up a/c's solely for email and never connect over it.
Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
they have to have low usage plans as the sum total of the available Gigabytes is fixed.
Posted by gobbybobby over 3 years ago
The sooner there competition to EE the better. other networks seem reluctant to upgrade, like Three "the network designed for the internet" have said there not rushing with the 4G. Pathetic.

EEs prices are stupid. yes you can have these fast speeds, but don't you dare use them. The speeds are just for show! £51 for a 20 gig Usage limit... so much for an alternative to fix line Broadband for Rural areas, if you can get a 4G signal outside a major town or city that is!
Posted by mitchja over 3 years ago
EE have now also updated their coverage maps, showing you if a postcode is in a double data speed area.
Posted by chrysalis over 3 years ago
yes high speeds with low usage have a very niche use, and some people cry for these sort of packages, here you go a fast connection but you cant use it to its full potential.
Posted by zyborg47 over 3 years ago
Be nice if they sort out 3G first and get that working as it should, well vodafone should anyway.
My Nexus 4 don't do 4G and to be honest I can't see myself buying another phone for the next 3-4 years or longer if it lasts.
So going to be a while before I get a phone that can cope with 4G
Posted by otester over 3 years ago
@herdwick

Three isn't far behind using an older technology while also having 1000GB plans, so the bandwidth excuse doesn't cut it.
Posted by ahockings over 3 years ago
mitchja... slight problem there.
The iPhone 5 is only a cat 3 LTE device and can only do 10Mhz (no double speed). So it will always show 10 or lower.
Posted by otester over 3 years ago
@ahockings

Do you have a source for that?
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