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Orange and T-Mobile UK to launch LTE in 2012, pending regulatory approval

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Everything Everywhere will launch a 4G LTE network in the UK on Orange and T-Mobile during 2012.

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Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, has announced it plans to launch 4G networks on its Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK. Subject to Ofcom approval by the spring, the company says it is ready to roll out 4G in the UK this year.

Trials for the UK's first 4G LTE network over 1800MHz are due to take place in Bristol from April in preparation for a 2012 launch, following successful tests in Cornwall over the 800MHz cellular band. Everything Everywhere says the previous trials have demonstrated that 800MHz is optimal for the rollout of 4G LTE in rural areas and it will now test the new network on existing 1800MHz spectrum. The company also detailed its HSPA+ network upgrade status today. HSPA+ (3.5G) has reached around 60 percent of its network and is expected to be completed in Q3 2012.

Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee believes the company's 4G plans will level the playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA, and Asia — where 4G technology is already available for consumers. "There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st Century network that it so deserves," said Swantee.