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Ofcom Predicts 4G by 2014

Ofcom has outlined plans to roll out LTE 800MHz and 2.6GHz mobile internet connections by 2014.

The broadcasting regulator plans to auction frequencies for the high-speed 4G data services to mobile internet providers in 2012, with the service set to be in place by late 2013. The uptake of 4G should offer quicker web browsing and better network coverage for mobile phone users.

Outlining the timeline for the process, Ofcom Chief Ed Richards said: "We expect parliament to consider the draft legislation laid before it within the next week or so, directing release of this spectrum and paving the way for the creation of new LTE networks in the UK."

There are worries that mobile operators could struggle with the new format, with Stephen Rayment, CTO at BelAir Networks, a company that creates mobile broadband networks, claiming that: “The real elephant in the room is how operators ensure their networks can continue to cope with the increasing appetite for mobile data."

As yet no mobile providers have commented on whether they will bid for the new service when it becomes available.