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Broadband provider Virgin Media is trialling 4G technologies which could see it launching a nationwide network which can broadcast superfast mobile services.

The network would use small cell technology linked to the provider's fibre network and will allow mobile data which is around six times faster than current 3G services.

According to a report from the Financial Times, Virgin carried out a private test of the technology in London's Oxford street last month using some spectrum borrowed from telecoms regulator Ofcom.

While the technology does work in a similar manner to WiFi it also requires some licensed spectrum, meaning Virgin is likely to bid for some of the spectrum being auctioned off by the government later this year.

It has also entered into talks with other broadband providers about the possibility of borrowing some of their spectrum, possibly in exchange for access to its fibre network.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Wireless at Virgin Media, said: “This wireless solution fits so well with our fibre network which covers most major cities. We are interested in working with WiFi as well as licensed spectrum. It provides capacity to where people need it the most.”

The need for solutions such as this is becoming ever greater as the demand for mobile broadband and services such as video and games via mobile phones increases.

Recently, Ofcom backed proposals to deliver superfast broadband via 4G technology to around 98 per cent of the population.

This would benefit millions of people who currently struggle to access broadband in any form.

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards said: "This is a crucial step in preparing for the most significant spectrum release in the UK for many years.

"The proposals will influence the provision of services to consumers for the next decade and beyond."

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