EE to double 4G speeds in 10 UK cities

11th April 2013

20Mbps 4G will soon be available in 10 cities across the UK, including Sheffield, doubling the current speed.

The current 4G, with speeds averaging around 8-12Mbps was unveiled last year by EE, owner of orange and T-Mobile.  The network operator said it has seen a huge shift in the way people are using their phones since the 4G launch, including the use of video, maps and sat-nav applications.

The new speed will allow people to upload and download high resolution pictures and video whilst on the move without delay.  It will mean 4G will be up to seven times faster than the current 3G

Whilst this is great news for users of app-filled smart phones, users should be cautious of the potential for large data-bills.

EE, the first UK operator to offer 4G has spent millions on the launch of the service, including adverts fronted by Kevin Bacon and the amazing light show at Battersea power station.  With many of the latest smartphones being 4G enabled, rival operators O2 and Vodafone have promised to launch in the next few months.

The 10 cities where 4G speeds will be doubled by EE include Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Liverpool.

The existing 4G service is now available in 50 towns and cities across the UK, and was recently extended to the rural Northern Fells in Cumbria.

We at 3Squared believe this is great news for app lovers and businesses that rely on mobile communications and are looking forward to the other network operators releasing their own versions in the summer.


EE’s Q1 results have revealed that 318,000 of their postpaid customers are now using 4G, accounting for a total of 2.3% of their mobile customers.  EE say they are on track to meet their aim of 1 million users by the end of 2013.

EE has also announced that they are not blanketing all the towns and cities that it named in its initial roll-out with coverage.  They are switching on specific postcodes in those areas, to cover 80% of that town or city, meaning that some in Sheffield, for example, will still not be able to receive 4G.  There have even been reports of EE sales staff encouraging existing 3G users to upgrade, despite them not living or working in a 4G-covered area.

If you are thinking of upgrading to 4G on EE, it is definitely worth checking here, to see if you can actually receive coverage in your area.