UK's EE Outlines LTE Network Expansion Plans
Published on: 22nd May 2014
UK based mobile network operator, EE has outlined the next phase of its LTE network deployment across the country.
The move comes as the sales of LTE enabled tariffs has overtaken sales of 3G only tariffs for the first time, and the 4G customer base reached 3.6 million.
The company also noted that LTE customers have increased their mobile data consumption by two-thirds over the past year.
EE said that it is now accelerating LTE network rollout in rural areas and on transport routes, as well doubling the footprint of its LTE-A network.
In addition to residential zones, EE is focusing on areas of high usage, including airports, roads, and train lines and stations. 47 major train stations and 22 of the busiest airports, are now 4G-enabled, along with upwards of 50% 4G coverage on 50 of the busiest motorways and A-roads. Coverage of major roads in more built up areas, such as the M25 and M62 is greater than 80%.
From next week, EE is also introducing a range of EE-branded LTE-A devices and plans.
EE added that it has also embarked on a programme for selected video and TV content owners to -- in an unspecified manner -- improve the delivery of their content over the EE network.