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EE's super-fast mobile broadband service is now available in 74 towns and cities across the UK, the firm has announced.

4G has been switched on in another 12 locations - Ashton-under-Lyne, Chatham, Gillingham, High Wycombe, Merthyr Tydfil, Oldham, Oxford, Rochester, Runcorn, Sale, Stafford and Wigan.

This comes after Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow and Pontefract were added to the network in April.

As such, more consumers will be able to enjoy faster mobile browsing using their tablets and dongles, as well as improved coverage and service quality.

EE has been rolling out its 4G network around the UK at pace, having launched super-fast mobile broadband as recently as October 2012.

The firm says it already covers the homes and businesses of more than 50 per cent of the UK population.

Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer at EE, claimed the pace of the firm's 4G network rollout "continues to keep us at the forefront of the UK mobile market".

"Just seven months after launch, we’ve covered millions of consumers and businesses with one of the fastest mobile networks in the world," he stated.

EE became the first service provider to offer 4G mobile broadband in the UK after Ofcom gave it permission to use existing spectrum in the 1,800MHz frequency band.

The company was also one of the winning bidders in Ofcom's recent 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction, which will allow it to further extend its network coverage.

Four other providers have also acquired 4G spectrum, giving them the opportunity to launch rival super-fast mobile broadband services.

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