Operator reports have emerged in Manchester that EE city centre coverage is over 80 per cent – not 40 per cent.
EE has responded to these reports by stating that its 4G coverage only covers 40 per cent of Manchester’s city centre, pointing out that the data collected by RootMetrics includes localities outside of “Manchester city.”
Network analysis firm RootMetrics revealed almost 60 per cent of the area it defines as “urbanised Manchester” could not receive stable 4G coverage.
EE claim that these statistic used by the RootMetrics firm to compile the report includes data from areas not included in their 4G coverage, notably areas which cover Stockport, Rochdale and Bury.
An EE spokesperson stated: “RootMetrics’ reporting that 4G is only available in 40.2 per cent of Manchester is wholly misleading.
“RootMetrics has measured an area they choose to name ‘urbanised Manchester’ that is considerably larger than Manchester city centre, which we have regarded as our 4G launch zone.
“In Manchester city itself, roughly inside the M60, we estimate our 4G coverage is currently in excess of 80 per cent and increasing on a daily basis as we turn on more sites.”
EE’s spokesperson went to point out that the areas which cover “urbanised Manchester” in the RootMetrics reported go beyond the Manchester areas and only parts of surrounding areas, such as outer parts of Salford, are only due to receive 4G coverage at the early stage of the rollout.
“Our coverage checker on ee.co.uk is clear about this,” they stated.
EE’s spokespersons concluded that all other regions of the Greater Manchester area are due to be covered by 4G during the rollout, aimed at completion by the end of 2014.
Their goal is to cover 70 per cent of the population by the end of 2013 and 90 per cent by the end of 2014.