4G mobile broadband services get the go-ahead

Superfast 4G services are set to be launched within weeks after crunch talks were held between mobile phone operators and regulators.

Orange and T-Mobile owner EE received the nod to launch its 4G products and services by October 30 as Ofcom agreed to make remaining airspace available to other operators sooner than planned.

Clearing the airwaves ready for use earlier will allow other operators to offer their services by spring next year, rather than October 2013.

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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.