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Edinburgh and Glasgow set to get 4G phone service in November

Orange and T-Mobile owner EE announced that Edinburgh and Glasgow will have 4G by the end of November

Orange and T-Mobile owner EE announced that Edinburgh and Glasgow will have 4G by the end of November

Superfast 4G services are to be made available in Glasgow and Edinburgh by the end of November.

• 4G is up to five times faster than 3G.

• Orange and T-Mobile owner set to be first to offer services.

The owner of Orange and T-Mobile, EE, announced today that the two Scottish cities are among ten throughout the UK.

The 4G network, which offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, will be available on the Apple iPhone 5 as well as devices from HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei.

The announcement comes after regulator Ofcom last night agreed to make remaining 4G airspace available to other operators sooner than planned.

That will avert a legal challenge from the likes of rivals Vodafone and O2 owner Telefonica.

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

Advantages

EE chief executive Olaf Swantee said: “This is a significant milestone for the UK and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.”

EE said customers in a further six cities - Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton - will have access to 4G by the end of the year.

The group then plans to roll out the service to further towns, cities and rural areas next year, with population coverage of 70% and rising to 98% in 2014.

The 4G services will allow uninterrupted access to the web on the go, high definition movies to be downloaded in minutes and TV to be streamed without buffering.

Growth

Ofcom’s decision to make the services available to other operators earlier than planned came after a meeting hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the Government expects that 4G services will boost the UK’s economy by around £2 to £3 billion.

She said: “Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy. I am grateful to the mobile operators for their co-operation in bringing forward vital 4G services.”

 

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