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Virgin Media reportedly planning 4G services this year

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Virgin Media is reportedly planning to offer a 4G fast mobile broadband service by the end of 2012, by using some of EE's spectrum allocation.

Virgin Media could be the next UK service provider to announce a 4G LTE package for its customers.

The TV, phone, broadband and mobile provider already uses part of Orange and T-Mobile's 3G spectrum under a previous arrangement. The Orange/T-Mobile joint venture EE (Everything Everywhere) was the first network operator to announce a 4G service in the UK, which it aims to start in selected cities in the last quarter of this year.

The Inquirer
reports that Virgin Media has been in talks with EE about using some of its 4G spectrum.

A spokesperson for Virgin Media told the site, "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."

The website goes on to add that the rollout of EE's service could still be hit by the threat of legal action from its rivals such as O2 and Vodafone, as detailed by The Financial Times recently.

Via The Inquirer and FT.com (free registration required)

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