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Apple executives are flying into London to hold court with heads of mobile broadband providers as they compete for rights to sell the new tablet, it has been reported.

Although the launch of the iPhone in the UK saw O2 win exclusive rights to sell the smartphone, there is no suggestion that such a deal is on the cards this time around, which means that the iPad could soon be offered by multiple carriers.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, Apple has already been in touch with many of its potential UK network partners to discuss some basic details about the iPad, but has yet to give any concrete indication of its plans for UK availability.

Apple is an unusual firm for many network providers to work with, as it holds an unusual level of control over its products after they have left the manufacturing line, absorbing 30 per cent of the data charge profit and taking a cut of the apps which are paid for by users of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Chief Executive of Apple Steve Jobs will not be attending the talks this week, although high-ranking members of Apple are certain to be present.

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