Everything Everywhere, the UK’s first LTE carrier is celebrating 1 million 4G subscribers this month. The EE LTE network went live last October and now (finally) has LTE competition from Vodafone and O2.
EE, owned by Orange and T-Mobile, had nearly 700,000 LTE subscribers by the end of June. It currently offers LTE only within the UK, but it has less 800MHz spectrum than both O2 and Vodafone. EE is using their 1800 MHz (PCS) band.
Vodafone, originally limited to London at launch, says it plans to roll out its 4G network in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on September 28th.
Vodafone, the UK based cellular giant, is also offering an extra 4GB of data if you join before the end of October. They already offer unlimited data for the first three months of their tariff, along with your choice of Spotify Premium or a Premiership football bundle.
Currently, Vodafone’s 4G footprint, using the 2100 MHz (AWS) band, is relatively small but it plans to expand its LTE network into Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle by the end of the year.
Everything Everywhere (EE) runs their LTE service on the 1800MHz frequency band, while the third LTE competitor, O2, runs their LTE service on 900MHz.
O2, owned by Spain’s Telefonica, says it has plans to reach 98 per cent coverage of the UK population – both indoor and outdoor – with 2G, 3G and 4G. After the initial five million people covered at launch it aims to make 4G available to an additional two million people per month.
Three UK (Hutchison) – the fourth network operator with 4G spectrum – is not expected to join the LTE fray until the end of the year.
A May report from Finnish market research firm Rewheel profiled the huge differences in mobile data pricing across Europe, with Germany held up as the most expensive at over €24 (around $31.50) on average for 1 GB of smartphone data, and Finland as the cheapest at €1.60 ($2) for 1 GB of data.
U.S. carrier Verizon is buying Vodafone’s stake for $130 billion. Vodafone Group confirmed its anticipated deal to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless to partner Verizon Communications, in a $130 billion (£84 billion) cash and stock deal.
Verizon Communications will pay some $58.9 billion in cash, with $60.2 billion in shares.