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EE with 4G in 95 towns and cities covers almost 60% of people

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

I've got more than 50Mbps on EE at Kings Cross Station in London. Evidence here http://www.speedtest.net/android/508303275.png

  • johnpopham
  • 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.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 3 years ago

Nice to see EE's 4G coverage rapidly catching up to O2's 3G coverage lol :)

  • mitchja
  • 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

  • johnpopham
  • 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.

  • shaunhw
  • 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

  • mitchja
  • over 3 years ago

@johnpopham

Not hard to have high speeds when they provide very low usage plans.

  • otester
  • 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.

  • XRaySpeX
  • over 3 years ago

they have to have low usage plans as the sum total of the available Gigabytes is fixed.

  • herdwick
  • 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!

  • gobbybobby
  • over 3 years ago

EE have now also updated their coverage maps, showing you if a postcode is in a double data speed area.

  • mitchja
  • 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.

  • chrysalis
  • 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

  • zyborg47
  • 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.

  • otester
  • 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.

  • ahockings
  • over 3 years ago

@ahockings

Do you have a source for that?

  • otester
  • over 3 years ago

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