North east towns in 4G rollout today
Two north east towns are getting a 4G network today as part of EE’s rollout of faster broadband services to 19 more UK towns and cities before Christmas.
The service started today In Darlington and Redcar as well as Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole and Portsmouth.
By Christmas, EE customers in Chester, Durham, Grimsby, Middlesbrough, Stoke on Trent and York will join Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Dundee, Exeter, Gloucester, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, and Swindon will also be able to benefit from 4G.
Chief Executive Officer, EE, Olaf Swantee, said:
“By Christmas, 160 places across the UK will have 4G access, meaning that people and businesses can do more, trade more and connect more. That’s the fastest rollout of 4G in Europe, and with well over one million people already using the service, one of the most successful too.
"With the competition lagging behind and barely reaching double figures for 4G cities, it means there’s only one real choice for 4G this Christmas.”
The company believes that access to 4G will transform Christmas shopping this year as faster mobile internet speeds allow people to shop for gifts from their mobile devices. 39% of 4GEE customers say they will buy their gifts on their smartphone or tablet this year – up from 15% last year – with fashion, electronics and books the most popular purchases.