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EE is to spend £1.5 billion on expanding the coverage and speed of its 4G network, between now and 2017.

At the moment, the company's Mobile Broadband network is available to 80% of the population, though EE is targeting 98% coverage by the end of this year.

As part of the new investment, EE is also aiming to extend the geographic coverage of its national mobile voice and text networks from the current 80% to 90% by 2017, which would even exceed the target for 3G (85%).

The investment is detailed in a new EE manifesto entitled Signalling the Future, which also reveals how EE is targeting significant 4G expansion to cover the country’s busiest train routes, and the deployment of low frequency 800MHz spectrum across the EE rural network to cover an additional 1,500 square miles.

EE is also doubling the speed of 4G to 90% of the UK population, enabling data speeds up to 60Mbps to smartphones and tablet, as well as rolling out 4G+ to twenty of the UK’s busiest cities and doubling capacity for every user.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee commented: “Today we’re announcing the next stage with a commitment to, once again, radically improve mobile coverage, this time with a strong focus on rural UK, all while continuing to increase speeds and capacity with deeper coverage in more cities.”

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