Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao.Reuters

UK's major cellular service provider Vodafone has stated that it will cover more cities in the United Kingdom with its 4G network.

The towns and cities that will now be covered by Vodafone's 4G network are: Reading, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth.

Vodafone states that with the addition of these cities and towns, approximately one million citizens can look forward to accessing 4G services this summer, for use at home as well as in the office. The company also said that along with home users, approximately 35,000 businesses would also newly gain access to the Vodafone 4G network.

Prior to launching its 4G network in the five new cities, Vodafone had earlier covered Manchester, Tyne & Wear and York Yorkshire.

With new cities and towns set to gain access to Vodafone 4G, the tally now stands at 233 towns and cities covered by Vodafone's 4G service.

Vodafone's latest announcement comes after the company earlier stated that it had added only a disappointing 637,000 4G customers from the time its 4G services were launched last year.

Vodafone's intent to take its 4G network to more UK cities and towns comes after EE rolled out its 4G services to 15 additional towns in the United Kingdom. EE's 4G tally now stands at 215 cities and towns, and 2,588 villages across UK.

EE (with an approximate subscriber base of 28 million, out of which around 3.6 million customers have signed up for 4G contracts), which is seen as Vodafone's arch rival came out with the first 4G mobile network in the United Kingdom in 2012. Vodafone's 4G network was launched in 2013.