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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.

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Ofcom: action taken to avoid risk of 'significant' 4G delay

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards has said action was taken with industry mobile phone operators and regulators, as well as the Government, to ensure superfast 4G services launch early next year.

The actions we have taken with industry and government avoids the risk of significant delay and is tremendous news for consumers who might otherwise have waited a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.

Ofcom's objective has always been to release the spectrum as early as possible and we remain focused on starting the auction by the end of the year.

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