A good year for 4G in the UK

EE’s LTE connections nearly quadrupled in 2014

It looks as if 2014 was the year that 4G found its stride in the U.K. Everything Everywhere, the first carrier to offer LTE in the U.K., grew its 4G customer base from 2 million connections last January to 7.7 million at the end of 2014. EE now claims to have more 4G customers than any operator in Europe.

[company]EE[/company]’s network now covers 510 cities and towns with a population of 10,000 or more and reaches eight of every 10 people in the country. By the end of 2015, EE expects its 4G signals to cover 98 percent of the U.K.’s population. [company]O2[/company], [company]Vodafone[/company] and [company]Three[/company] have also launched 4G services in the U.K., though EE remains the market leader with double the subscribers of its nearest competitor O2.

The carrier, which combines the U.K. mobile businesses of [company]Deutsche Telekom[/company] and [company]Orange[/company], has been expanding the capacity of its network as well as its reach. Last fall, it launch an upgraded service in London supporting theoretical speeds of 300 Mbps, and using the latest LTE-Advanced techniques it has begun trials of a network capable of surpassing the 400 Mbps barrier.