Mobile phone operator EE is rolling out its high-speed 4G service to the Welsh town of Rhyl in a move that takes the total number of towns on the network to 200.

EE said the service will be turned on in Rhyl this spring, making it the first town in North Wales to get 4G.

EE also revealed that it had rolled out 4G to a dozen other towns across the UK this week, bringing total coverage to 72 percent of the UK population. The other locations are Armadale, Bishop Auckland, Brighouse, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Newry, Peterlee, Staines, Stockton-on-Tees and Washington.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: “Today we switch on our 200th 4G town just 18 months after pioneering the service in the UK.

“We now have over two million customers using superfast 4G. That’s the fastest rollout and uptake of any technology in Britain, and means that the UK’s mobile digital infrastructure is now ahead of many other nations. We’re proud to have been the driving force that made that happen, but we won’t stop there."

O2 revealed last week that its 4G network covers a third of the population, adding that it intends to embark on an "ambitious" network upgrade programme. Meanwhile, Vodafone claimed in February that its network covers 36 percent of the population, while Three has rolled out its 4G service to 36 towns and cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cambridge and Slough.

Last month, EE was ranked as the leading mobile network in the UK, following independent testing from RootMetrics.