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More than nine out of ten business leaders (93 per cent) want to see 4G mobile broadband services launch as soon as possible in the UK, it has been reported.

In a study commissioned by Everything Everywhere - the UK parent company of Orange and T-Mobile - 94 per cent of respondents said next-generation mobile services are needed for Britain to remain competitive.

Some 86 per cent claimed that access to a 4G network will increase their business productivity, helping to boost turnover.

Already, 72 per cent of business leaders are using mobile internet services on a daily basis, for work purposes such as checking emails and accessing documents.

Nine out of ten do so at least once a week, demonstrating the popularity of mobile broadband services.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business-To-Business at Everything Everywhere, said that in today's global economy, UK businesses need 4G networks to help them be more productive and compete on the international stage.

"Half of the countries on the G20 list of the world’s biggest economies already have 4G, leaving British businesses at risk of falling behind rivals," he stated.

Ofcom is planning to auction off spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands later this year, allowing mobile operators to launch 4G services in 2013 or 2014.

However, Everything Everywhere wants to use its spare capacity in the 1,800MHz band to launch next-generation mobile services this year.

Rival broadband providers are reluctant for the firm to gain a competitive advantage in this way, but Ofcom could approve the plans following its ongoing consultation.

This would allow Orange and T-Mobile to offer super-fast dongle services to UK customers in the near future, boosting their mobile connectivity. 

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