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News - 9 October 2012

4G timetable agreed by UK mobile networks

At a meeting with communications regulator Ofcom and the government, rival operators agreed that the high-speed data services should launch by spring 2013, six months earlier than planned.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said that “Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy."

A combination of factors, from a change of government to threats of legal action from operators, had slowed down the process to free up spectrum used by analogue television broadcasts.

While the auction of the airwaves made available by the digital switchover is still scheduled for January next year, clearing them for 4G use will happen far more quickly than originally envisaged.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“Delays to the auction meant that the UK had fallen behind other countries, but now we have one of the most ambitious 4G roll-out strategies.”

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has also welcomed the announcement that high speed 4G mobile internet services will be running on multiple networks across the UK earlier than originally planned.
The Government hopes that the introduction of 4G services will boost the economy by around £2-3bn.

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