EE announced today that it has rolled out its 4G network to 250 towns and cities across the UK, naming Saltash in Cornwall as the milestone-hitting town.

The small community of 15,000 people is the first Cornish town to receive 4G coverage, which is said to offer mobile internet speeds more than five times faster than 3G. 

EE also switched on 4G today in 21 other communities around the UK, including Bellshill, Sutton in Ashfield, Gravesend, Craigavon, Tyldesley, Cheshunt, Swadlincote, Bishop's Stortford, Leyland, Guiseley, Ballymena, Frimley, Ormskirk, Potters Bar, Banbridge, Nailsea, Keynsham, Armagh City, Strabane and Dungannon.

The operator, ranked the number one mobile network in the UK following independent testing by performance tester RootMetrics, claims that its network now covers 73 percent of the UK.

Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, said: “This is a landmark in our work to bring superfast mobile internet to as many people in as many places as possible.

“We know the benefits that 4G offers to consumers and businesses, and we’re investing heavily in areas that have not previously had good mobile or fixed line coverage where those benefits can have an ever greater impact.”

Elsewhere in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are set to get a connectivity boost next month when BT finishes diverting a subsea cable that will allow islanders to tap into a fibre optic broadband network for the first time. 

As EE, O2, Vodafone and Three (the big four) battle it out to deliver the most comprehensive 4G coverage around the UK, a number of small operators are starting to roll out their own 4G services.

Manx Telecom, the Isle of Man’s leading mobile network provider, announced this week that it has switched on 4G, bringing faster mobile internet speeds to 33 percent of the island’s 85,000 inhabitants initially, with plans to ramp up to 95 percent coverage over the next two years.