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Mobile broadband provider O2 has said that its 4G trials in London have been a success.

Over the course of the trial, which involved 1,000 people across the capital, the smartphone provider said that it has recorded a wireless connection speed of 150Mb which is comparable to the fastest home broadband connections.

The average was between 20 and 50Mb which is still 20 times faster than 3G networks.

Such high speeds mean that people can use the network to download a 40MB file in mere seconds while page load time was just 0.07 seconds.

The tests covered a number of popular areas in London including the O2, Hyde Park, Soho, Westminster, Kings Cross, Canary Wharf and the South Bank.

The most popular way to use the 4G network was found to be via MiFi or a Samsung dongle.

“The forthcoming spectrum auction is a watershed moment for the UK mobile industry, releasing the airwaves that will power a whole range of exciting next generation mobile services,” Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK, parent company of O2 said.

“The new spectrum will increase capacity, quality and speed and will allow us to deliver true connectivity through a suite of innovative digital services, that work seamlessly and at speed for the benefit of consumers, business and UK plc."

O2 first began its 4G trials in December last year and it is hoped that the technology will be widespread by early next year after industry regulator Ofcom holds its eagerly anticipated spectrum auction.

The auction has been much delayed for a variety of reasons however it is hoped that it will take place before the end of the year.

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