EE has announced that its 4G network now covers 94% of all the roads in Great Britain – that works out to around 322,000 miles of road. The company said that it has also brought connectivity to every national part in Great Britain this year with more than two-thirds of the total area now covered.
The firm said that the new sites represent a 40% year-on-year increase in 4G data usage and that they'll pave the way for a future 5G rollout. According to Ofcom’s Connected Nations report published earlier today, EE’s 4G network has the widest geographical range covering 85% of the county – 6% higher than the last place operator.
Commenting on the network’s 4G availability, CEO of BT’s Consumer business Marc Allera said:
“Having access to a resilient and reliable mobile network has never been more important. Our 4G network covers more of the UK’s geography than any other, and we’re continuing to invest in it right across the UK to keep our customers connected and bring coverage to rural areas for the very first time. 4G forms the basis of our award-winning 5G network, and with this investment we’ll be able to roll out the latest mobile technology to even more parts of the UK.”
To further extend the network, EE has partnered with the Emergency Service Network which has turned its Rapid Response Vehicles and Rapid Response Cells into mobile 4G base stations giving them access to vital services at any time as well as allowing passers-by to get signal too. The mobile base stations have been used to provide coverage at the site of a derailed train, as a replacement for mobile masts damaged in arson attacks and at COVID-19 testing stations.