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EE boost 4G capacity in UK travel hotspots

EE have been busy upgrading it’s network here in the UK to offer better capacity with lockdown being lifted allowing people to travel more freely around the country.

Whilst a lot of focus is on the rollout of new 5G technology, the existing 4G network plays a vital part to keeping everyone connected whilst on the move, and EE have boosted capacity to some key UK destinations ahead of a busy summer.

EE have a huge amount of spectrum in 4G and this means they can offer really impressive speeds even when the masts are busier than normal with more people connecting in the same location.

Customers with compatible phones will automatically get the quickest speeds possible without needing to do anything, meaning you can enjoy that movie you are streaming whilst at the beach topping up your tan without needing to travel abroad.

The company also announced some new 5G locations have been switched on, one of them is Weston Super Mare where I visited recently and managed to hit a very impressive 860Mbps over the 5G network as seen above.

Below is the full press release today by EE explaining more information.

COASTAL MOBILE COVERAGE BOOST FROM EE AHEAD OF STAYCATION SUMMER

EE has added extra mobile capacity to some of the UK’s most popular coastal locations, in anticipation of a bumper ‘staycation summer’.

Upgrades to its 4G network – alongside the rollout of its 5G network in several coastal towns and cities – will bring better coverage and increased speeds in high-demand areas. Mobile users will have better signal to make calls from these locations and faster data speeds to access the internet and apps.

The enhanced 4G coverage forms an integral part of Britain’s Emergency Services Network (ESN), which is already providing critical communications for some first responder and emergency agencies, allowing them to stay connected whilst they fulfil their vital public safety roles.

As the RNLI prepares for an exceptionally busy summer, visitors to coastal areas are being encouraged to plan their trips and access beach safety advice online. The RNLI has also provided advice on how people can use their mobile phone to stay safe while visiting the coast.

Important information on where people can find their nearest lifeguarded beach, what dangers they could face, and what to do in an emergency can be found by visiting: rnli.org/beachsafety.

Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT, said:“With many popular seaside locations expecting a busy summer, we’re pleased to be providing improved coastal connectivity.

“The upgrades to our network will help ensure our customers stay connected this summer, even at the busiest times. The additional capacity delivered through improvements to our 4G network, alongside the continued roll-out of our 5G network, will help people make the most of their time at the coast, and also provide a valuable lifeline, if an emergency occurs.”

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, said: “We do expect coastal areas to be very busy this summer, but if people follow key safety advice, they can stay safe and enjoy their time at the beach and along our coastlines.

“Alongside our lifeboat crew and lifeguards, mobile phones can help people stay safe when at the coast, so improvements to coastal coverage is welcomed. Smartphones can help people plan their day at the coast and check things like the weather, tide times and where our lifeguards are patrolling. Mobiles also allow people to call for help quickly in an emergency situation.

“Whether you’re walking along the coast, angling from rocks, or relaxing on the beach, having the means to call for help in an emergency can be the difference between life and death.”

Top advice from the RNLI on how to use your mobile to stay safe at the coast:

  • Find and visit your nearest lifeguarded beach at rnli.org/lifeguardedbeaches
  • If you’re in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard
  • Even if your phone shows no service, try calling 999 or 112 anyway, as in an emergency, your phone will be able to use another phone network
  • You should ensure your phone is fully charged before heading out, and might want to take a portable charger and keep your mobile in a waterproof pouch and within reach.

EE has upgraded its 4G network in the following locations, with a further 16 locations* to follow later this summer:

  • Blackpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Dawlish
  • Gt Yarmouth
  • Isle of Sheppey
  • Maldon
  • Porthcawl
  • Rhyl

As part of its ongoing 5G rollout, EE has switched on the next-generation technology in:

  • Ayr
  • Blackpool
  • Brighton
  • Paignton
  • Poole
  • Porthcawl
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Swansea
  • Weston-Super-Mare

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