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EE plans to have 95% of the UK covered with 4G by 2020

EE has announced (opens in new tab) the UK mobile operator is set to increase 4G coverage to 95% and bring back customer support to within country borders. The company will introduce 600 new positions across the UK and Ireland, which should please customers who both expect and appreciate customer support based in the UK.

By 2020 EE hopes to have around 95% of the UK covered with 4G with a focus on eradicating parts of the country that have next to no signal coverage. With the backing of BT post-purchase, the mobile network will have the resources to ramp up network enhancements and extension. All customer calls will be answered within the UK and Ireland by the end of 2016.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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18 Comments
  • Not to mention they will most likely have access to the 4G spectrum BT bought via a subsidary at the spectrum auction.
  • Well in Lithuania some operators already covered 90%
  • Is that population coverage or land coverage?
  • Population
  • Population is easy to achieve. I believe EE already have 90% population coverage for 4G, and the other networks are hot on thier heels. Land coverage however is very different, and that's what they're asking for here. It's not economical for instance to install and maintain transmitters in remote and vast unpopulated parts of the country where the cells are hardly ever used and the infrastructure to install 4G transmitters (power network, data networks, even roads etc) don't even exist! I think to define 98% of the population actually covers less than 50% of the land mass in the UK.
  • Surely only 6 people and a goat live there anyway.
  • Oh wow that's slow, 5g coming soon. Looking at the 4g map almost every spot is covered in sweden
  • Then comes 6G which will be through a chip implanted in our brains so we can see everything everywhere and be omnipresent lol
  • If BT make EE services their own, you may as well have GPRS - thier home broadband services have always been sub-standard/piss-poor. I prefer Three, widespread 4G, 800Mhz 4G in a lot of urban areas now, VoLTE where I live (though the 950 doesn't start to support it), and pretty much the rest of the network is 42Mbps HSDPA2+DC. Thanks to MBNL, wherever EE launch 4G, so will Three. Don't get too excited about BT's huge 2600Mhz spectrum capacity, for most users it will be pointless - if you live next door to the transmitter though it will replace fixed line broadband! When Three acquire o2 later this year, Vodafone will be left for dead by EE and Three. The government shouldn't have allowed either acquisition in reality as it will cause irreparable damage to the mobile industry, but there we go.
  • The 950 and XL support VoLTE and VoWifi see the FAQs. Fixed Line speed is dependent on the distance between cabinet to home, cabinet to exchange and the contention ratio per pipe along with noise levels (not in the traditional sense). Try Sky, they are worse and have gotten worse due to the insane contention ratio per pipe. Hence the purchase of O2's home broadband dept to alleviate their saturated network.
  • On our mobiles we have hit 80Mbps on Virgin WiFi and on my phone on 4G I'm getting 33Mbps. New phones have the potential of 300Mbps.......wonder when we will reach that level?
  • VodaFone are already dead. Their network is appauling, as is their customer service at corp level.
  • your blog is really awesome and it is really fantastic 
  • So everyone can reach its data cabs even faster.. I suppose they are not going to provide better hardware on their current coverage in order to allow higher data packages or lets say a flatrate as one would expect in 2016 to have for an online contract. They rather justify having crappy packages because they cant deal with people using the lines they buy to their full extend 
  • Maybe, but see this; http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2015/01/bt-confirm-uk-rollout-1000m... Don't think current phone technology goes above 300Mbps.
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