Key dates you need to know in the UK 4G rollout

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You’ve probably heard 4G mentioned quite a lot in the news at the moment, and that is mainly because we are right in the midst of a nationwide 4G rollout. In case you fancy buying 4G phones in the future, you might want to know when and where the 4G rollout will be taking place.

EE – At present, EE is the only network offering 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in the UK. In 2012, the network rolled out its network to around 27 towns and cities in the UK, including Belfast, Maidenhead, Newcastle, Nottingham, Hull, Slough and Derby. In total, the network accounts for coverage of around 45 per cent of the UK population.

March 2013 is the next big date you need to remember in relation to the 4G rollout, as this is the deadline by which EE will have rolled out its 4G service to at least a further 15 cities. This means that mobile users with iPhone 5 4G or other 4G-enabled handsets in towns and cities such as Leicester, Reading, Coventry, Sunderland and Chelmsford will soon be able to start benefiting from the fast data connectivity speeds associated with 4G.

Other places included in the March 2013 rollout include Wolverhampton, St Albans, Rotherham, Doncaster and West Bromwich.

By the end of 2013, EE hopes to reach around 70 per cent of the population with 4G coverage. By the end of 2014, virtually everyone will be able to use it.

Other networks – Currently, other mobile networks are in the process of bidding for the right to purchase the 4G spectrum. The understanding at the moment is that Vodafone and O2 will launch 4G services in late spring or early summer 2013.

Orange and T-Mobile use the EE network, so customers of these networks will be able to start using 4G at the same time as other EE customers. The network Three may be using part of EE’s network for 4G services from around September 2013 onwards, but it may also purchase its own 4G spectrum.

Thanks, Dudley Rutter.

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