Asian telecoms firm PCCW could be set to construct a new high-speed mobile broadband network in the UK, it has been reported.
According to the Financial Times, the Hong Kong-based internet service provider (ISP) may look to bring long-term evolution (LTE) broadband to British shores.
The UK's major mobile broadband providers – 3, O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile – are waiting for Ofcom to auction off 800MHz spectrum before they can launch their own 4G services.
But the signs are that PCCW may go ahead and build its own fourth-generation network, in a move which would raise the stakes in the UK mobile broadband sector.
Nicholas James, Chief Executive of UK Broadband, the firm's subsidiary in Britain, said the ISP fully intends to tap into the domestic market.
"We are currently working with our vendors to finalise the equipment offering on our spectrum," he told the news provider.
"And we are finalising our network planning and our business plan."