4G roll-out first half of 2013

Mobile operators will be able to roll-out 4G services to the vast majority of the UK in the first half of next year, six months earlier than previously estimated. It follows Everything Everywhere's launch of a 4G service ahead of Christmas.

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4G is 'five times faster' than 3G network

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, has been speaking at the launch of the UK's first 4G network. During his talk, he said:

  • There has been a 250% growth in data used by mobile customers
  • 4G is five times faster than 3G, letting you watch films on the move
  • London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol are the test cities for 4G. By the end of the year, 16 cities will have access to 4G around 20 million people
  • By 2014 98% of population will have access to 4G
  • Mobiles with 4G include Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Huawei

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