EE Expands LTE Coverage into Rural England

EE has switched on its expanded 4G network in rural Cumbria, bringing LTE coverage to over 2,000 residents and businesses for the first time.

The rollout follows EE’s 4G commercial trial in the area of Threlkeld, where users experienced average speeds of 24Mbps. The network has since been extended to cover more than 100 square miles.

The service will launch next month, with both mobile and fixed wireless options.

The Northern Fells Broadband Group estimated that the cost of delivering superfast broadband to this area of Cumbria using fibre would be around £10m. EE said that the cost of delivering broadband wirelessly using LTE is approximately a tenth of this.

EE plans to roll out 4G across another 100 square miles of Cumbria by March 2014. By summer, EE also plans to bring 4G to Bodmin Moor in the South West of England, an area that has never been serviced with broadband.

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