Hot on the heels of EE announcing new locations for it 4G network, O2 and Vodafone are both in the process of switching on 4G services in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield.
O2 is turning on its network on Friday 27 September, while Vodafone will go live on Saturday 28 September. The move comes as both firms rush to catch up with rival EE, which has already had live 4G services across the UK for 11 months. So far, Vodafone had 4G services in London only, while O2 has been live in London, Leeds and Bradford.
Chief executive of O2 Ronan Dunne said adding these cities to the firm’s 4G network would help more customers enjoy the benefits of the faster networks.
“Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago, as can be seen by the 79 percent increase in Coventry alone over the last 12 months,” he said. “Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services.”
Vodafone chief executive Guy Laurence added: “We’re giving people in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield a reason to get excited about ultrafast 4G. We’re also giving busy businesses in these cities a boost by helping them take their office with them when they’re out and about.”
With Vodafone and O2 sharing network infrastructure for 4G services it is perhaps not too surprising that the firms announced the network update at the same time, with both firms initially going live on the same day last month.
EE announced this morning that another 12 towns are live on its network, taking the total number of locations with EE 4G coverage to 117.
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