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Virgin Media might launch 4G services this year

In negotiations with network provider EE
Mon Sep 24 2012, 14:52
Mobile spectrum antenna

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) Virgin Media might launch 4G services this year using EE's LTE approved 1800MHz spectrum, it has revealed, despite rumours that the rollout of 4G will be delayed.

Virgin Media already uses the EE network for its mobile services, and the firm has told The INQUIRER that it's in talks with the Orange and T-Mobile joint venture about launching 4G services using its Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum.

A Virgin Media spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "People are increasingly using smartphones, tablets and other connected devices to get online and 4G will play an important part in meeting the growing demand for wireless capacity.

"Launching 4G services this year promises to bring significant benefits to UK consumers as people begin to make the most of forthcoming superfast mobile connections."

However, this news comes amidst rumours that the rollout of 4G LTE might be delayed in the UK. According to the Financial Times, talks are still ongoing between EE and its rival operators Vodafone and O2, which could take legal action against its imminent 4G rollout.

According to the report, EE initially planned to start rolling out 4G services in just one week, but no resolution has yet been reached between EE and its rival operators, which won't be able to start delivering LTE services until next year.

EE was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ

 

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