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It will still be some years before 4G broadband technology arrives in the UK, according to one internet service provider.

O2 told that while other nations such as the US and China are benefiting from next-generation mobile broadband, the UK is continuing to lag behind.

Tim Sefton, New Business Development Director at O2, explained that there are two principle reasons for the slow rollout of 4G technology in the UK.

The first is the availability of spectrum, he noted, while the other is the slow progress being made by Ofcom in auctioning additional frequencies.

Mr Sefton said that with no auction planned until spring 2012 at the earliest, consumers would be waiting until 2014 to "get in on the 4G action".

Beyond this vague forecast, he said O2 was "not in a position to outline timing detail on 4G".

"Our first trial in Slough was very successful, and we'll be running more trials over the next 12 months," Mr Sefton told the news provider.

"But we're looking at years rather than months before we'll have a commercial 4G network in the UK."

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