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UK’s first 4G mobile service launches today

The long awaited new 4G service has gone live in cities across the country including London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow with Southampton to have access to network EE’s 4G from next week. Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle and Nottingham will be active by Christmas.

Network EE, formerly known as Everything, Everywhere and which owns Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has promised speeds of between 8 to 12Mbps – up to five times faster than current 3G mobile technology.

The extra speed will allows for high-quality streaming of audio, video and other content whilst on the move.

“It’s a significant and much anticipated launch.  It further strengthens the argument that in the future more and more people will be using their phones and other mobile
devices to access the internet.  Companies with websites that are not designed for mobile devices will lose out on this fast growing market” comments Greg Poulson Managing Director of Freetimers Internet.

It’s hard to imagine that only 10 years ago most people were accessing the internet via dial up technology at speeds that would be intolerably slow today.  4G marks the
next significant step towards universal fast internet delivery across the UK.  More and more people will be accessing the internet via mobile technology, but many companies have not
prepared their sites for it.