EE commits to connecting UK’s commuters

  • 18 of the UK’s largest airports now switched on for superfast 4GEE
  • 4G set to cover train routes from Brighton to Glasgow in 2014
  • 4G from EE switched on in 14 more towns, covering 70% of the UK population and 174 towns and cities
  • Continued focus on phone call quality, with major rail and road commuter routes enhanced this year

EE today announced the ongoing expansion of its 4G network, covering more towns, more people, and more major transport routes and hubs. As well as investing in bringing superfast 4G mobile data to everyone in the UK, EE is also making sure phone calls are better, improving standards on major rail and road commuter routes this year.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said:

“More towns right across the UK now have access to the country’s biggest 4G network, and more people can use it where they need it most – in airports and on the busiest commuter routes. We are leading the way with 4G, with twice as much coverage as any other provider, connecting more customers in more places. But our network investment in 2014 is not just about giving people faster mobile data – phone calls are still an incredibly important part of the mobile experience, and we’re investing to ensure that people travelling all over the UK can make phone calls in more places and with better quality than ever before.”

New 4G towns

As more and more 4G sites are activated, 4G from EE is now available in 174 towns and cities. The 14 latest places to have access to superfast 4G are Belper, Cannock, Ellesmere Port, Grangemouth, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Keighley, Motherwell, Paignton, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Skelmersdale, Torquay and Widnes. The EE 4G network, the UK’s largest superfast network, covers 70% of the UK population, and many high usage, non-population areas.

4G rail routes

Ensuring that UK commuters – who spend an average of more than 150 hours per year* travelling to and from work – can be connected when they travel, EE is also bringing 4G to some of the busiest rail routes this year. The first stage of the 4G rail expansion project will make superfast mobile data available along the line from London Euston to Birmingham New Street; stage two will extend north to Manchester and Liverpool, and south from London Victoria to Brighton; stage three will reach Glasgow by the end of the year, with coverage expanding all the time.

EE is also building a 4G network for passengers travelling to France on the Eurotunnel, set to be complete by late summer.

4G airports

EE has also switched on 4G in 18 of the UK’s largest airports, ensuring that holidaymakers and business flyers can make the most of their waiting time. Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood and Blackpool airports all now have 4G from EE.

The focus on airports is part of a programme of activity to switch on 4G and increase capacity in the most heavy usage spots around the country. As well as increasing 4G population coverage, EE is committed to ensuring that the best possible mobile data access is available in the hubs where people need it most – starting with airports, and moving on to train stations and motorway service stations.

Best phone call quality for commuters

As well as making 4G available to more people in more places, EE is also investing in improving the quality of phone calls for people travelling up and down the country. People travelling on the UK’s most popular rail and road routes will have a more consistent and more reliable phone call service this year.

Routes from London Euston to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street will be enhanced by summer, with routes from London stations to Bristol, Nottingham, Southend and Cambridge joining by the end of the year.

Phone call quality and reliability will also be improved for motorists on the UK’s busiest roads. The M25, M1, M4, M6, M8 and M74 will all be enhanced routes by summer. The M3, M5, M40, A1(M) and M62 will all be covered by the end of the year, giving EE customers a great phone call experience driving on the UK’s most popular routes.

EE has pledged to spend £275 million on call quality and innovation in 2014.





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4G from EE is now available in 174 UK towns and cities across the UK – Aberdeen, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashford, Ashton-under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Barnsley, Bath, Basildon, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford , Braintree, Brentwood, Brighton, Bristol, Burton upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Crawley, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chester-le-Street, Chorley, Colchester, Coventry, Cwmbran, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Houghton-le-Spring, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Keighley, Kenilworth, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Letchworth, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Pontefract, Portsmouth, Preston, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Runcorn, Sale, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Shipley, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Stockport, Stoke, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Thame, Tonbridge, Torquay, Tunbridge Wells, Walsall, Warrington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-super-Mare, West Bromwich, Widnes, Wigan, Windsor, Woking, Wolverhampton, Worksop and York.

EE double speed 4G is available in 20 cities - Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

4G from EE is also available in Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood and Blackpool airports.

About EE

EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. With approximately 15,000 employees and 600 retail stores, EE serves more than 27 million customers on EE, Orange and T-Mobile mobile and broadband plans.

EE runs the UK's biggest and fastest mobile network, having introduced the UK's first superfast 4G mobile service in 2012. EE's 4G coverage reaches almost 70% of the UK population.  EE’s 2G coverage reaches 99% of the population while 3G reaches 98%. EE's superfast fibre broadband service covers 54% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population. 

EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK's best overall network by RootMetrics®, Fastest Network at the 2013 uSwitch Awards, Best Network at the 2013 Mobile Choice Consumer Awards and What Mobile Awards, Network Innovation at the 2013 Recombu awards and Best Network for Business at the 2013 Mobile Industry awards. 

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