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'Superfast' 4G mobile broadband switch on in Cardiff

'Superfast' broadband is being launched in Cardiff Photo: Dave Thompson / PA Wire

Cardiff is amongst a handful of cities where the UK's first ever 4G network is being launched. Digital communications company EE, who run the Orange and T-Mobile networks in the UK, say those who sign up will be able to download media and access the internet at 'phenomenal speeds', which are typically five times faster than 3G.

In August Ofcom controversially approved the company's application to deliver 4G services using part of the spectrum it already owned, ahead of its competitors. The regulator plans to start an auction process later this year, in which other operators will be able to bid to do the same from Spring 2013.

EE says it plans to cover 98% of the UK with 4G by the end of this year, but in some parts of Wales, access to broadband is still patchy. Neal Jones, who runs a graphic design business in Cardigan, says he regularly struggles to use the internet, and claims to have noticed no improvement in recent months. In July, the Welsh Government signed a deal with BT to improve the broadband network in Wales, ensuring 96% of properties had access to next generation broadband by 2015.

David Wood reports.