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The UK's Independent Spectrum Broker has suggested that plans to encourage the use of long-term evolution (LTE) broadband technology in the UK will not be move forward until 2011.

Kip Meek has revealed in an interview with that the auction of the 2.6GHz spectrum, which is needed for the introduction of so-called 4G mobile broadband services, is not expected to take place this year.

He explained that some providers are keen to hold off on any auction until they are aware of if they can run 3G services on the 900MHz band, as this will impact on how much they bid for the new band.

Talking to the website, he added that other varying disputes mean the future of the allocation is "currently uncertain".

Mr Meek's comments have come just over a month after O2 confirmed it had run a trial of LTE technology in Slough.

A cell peak downlink rate of 150Mb was recorded during the pilot, organised in conjunction with Huawei.

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