4G mobile phone services are going to be rolled out t 16 cities in the UK by Christmas, following a trial in Cumbria. The village in Threlkeld in the Lake District is currently the only place with 4G after around 50 homes and businesses piloted the technology .
The UK's largest network operator has unveiled plans to launch the country's first superfast 4G products and services.Orange and T-Mobile owner Everything Everywhere, which has been renamed EE, will make the state-of-the-art technology available to 20 million people in 16 cities.
The announcement is likely to enrage EE's competitors, including Vodafone, 3 and O2, who have threatened legal action over telecoms regulator Ofcom's decision last month to allow EE to launch 4G on its existing network.
It could be 2014 before Cumbria and south west Scotland benefit and even then, an unspecified 2% of the UK won't have access to 4G.