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UK To Get 4G Mobile Speeds Next Month

Everything Everywhere, the company responsible for delivering the cell phone bandwidth for T-Mobile and Orange have been given the go ahead by Ofcom to start delivering 4G speeds in the UK starting from 11th September 2012. Everything Everywhere has issued a statement to the public, saying….

“Consumers will soon be able to benefit from the much greater mobile speeds that 4G will deliver. 4G will drive investment, employment and innovation and we look forward to making it available later this year, delivering superfast mobile broadband to the UK.”

Ofcom say this also benefits customers because there will be no competition from the other networks, O2 and Vodafone who will be able to start operating from early 2013 once Ofcom distribute the radio spectrum even more to allow more people on the network. The auction will give 4G access to at least 98% of people across the UK with the equivalent of three-quarters of the mobile spectrum currently in use – 80% more than released in the 3G auction which took place in 2000.

4G speeds in the UK has been on the cards since it was announced by US carriers, but progress has been slow since networks like O2 and Vodafone have been slow to adopt the service because of the right to use the service and concerns over competition determining the quality of the service.

Three and MVNO Virgin Mobile are in wholesale agreements with Everything Everywhere too, meaning they are likely going to get the service before the end of 2012.

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