Vodafone and EE expand 4G coverage

Vodafone and EE expand 4G coverage

Vodafone and EE have announced that they are to expand the coverage of their 4G networks, with more towns and cities set to benefit from the faster mobile internet service. 

Any Vodafone UK customers in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield with a 4G-ready phone and a Vodafone Red 4G-ready plan will be able to access the improved internet. 

These individuals will be able to access internet around six times faster than current 3G speeds. 

Red 4G-ready customers will also receive a choice of free mobile access to Sky Sports Mobile TV, or free access to Spotify Premium for six months as part of their deal. 

Those who sign up to any of its Red 4G-ready plans before October is finished will also benefit from an extra 4GB of data per month for as long as their contract lasts. 

In addition, Vodafone’s 4G service will also expand to Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester by the end of October, with the network provider looking to cover 98 per cent of the population by 2015. 

Meanwhile, EE has rolled out its own 4G service in a number of different towns and cities, including Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Beaconsfield, Blackburn, Burton upon Trent, Coalville, Chester-le-Street, Fleet, Gerrards Cross, Halifax, Hinckley, Houghton-le-Spring and Reigate.

EE’s 4G already covers the homes and businesses of over 60 per cent of the UK population, and is aiming to hit 98 per cent by the end of 2014. 

Speaking about the “ultrafast” broadband, Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, commented: "The latest mobile devices are best on 4G, and we’re switching on that superfast experience in more places before the end of the year, making it accessible to even more people.”

According to EE, customers on 4G will be able to download large files more quickly, watch live TV on mobiles without having to endure buffering, and play live multiplayer games on their devices.