Mobile phone competitors join forces in push for 4G
TWO of the world’s largest mobile network operators are to join forces in a bid to speed up the delivery of super-fast 4G services to UK households.
Vodafone and O2-owner Telefonica will continue to compete but will pool their infrastructure to operate and manage a single network grid across the country.
The companies said the move will see 4G mobile services, which should allow users to download music and film to their phones at the same speeds as home or office computers, delivered up to two years ahead of Ofcom’s requirement of 98 per cent coverage by 2017.
Guy Laurence, Vodafone UK chief executive, said: “This partnership will close the digital divide for millions of people and power the next phase of the smartphone revolution.”
The announcement comes amid strong demand for smartphones such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note.
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