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Telecoms giant Everything Everywhere has achieved download speeds of 20Mb on its 4G mobile broadband trial currently ongoing in Cumbria.

The mobile broadband specialist - UK parent company of Orange and T-Mobile - is currently testing the viability of launching long-term evolution (LTE) broadband services using its existing 1,800MHz spectrum.

Tests have been taking place in the remote community of Threlkeld in rural Cumbria, with the pilot set to continue until the end of July 2012.

Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive of Everything Everywhere, said business will "benefit hugely" from fast mobile broadband connectivity and the growth, investment and jobs it will deliver.

"The UK must now start catching up with the nearly 40 other countries that have deployed 4G LTE to maintain its competitiveness," he claimed.

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, said he was pleased to see Cumbria "at the forefront of innovation".

"Most importantly our local businesses and residents finally being able to access the internet," he stated.

"Let’s hope that this service starts to become commercially available in the UK as soon as possible."

Regardless of the success of Everything Everywhere's LTE mobile broadband trial, the firm will not be able to launch 4G services without Ofcom approval.

The media regulator - which is set to auction off space in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands later this year - is currently consulting on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to utilise its existing 1,800MHz spectrum for next-generation mobile broadband.

The company has faced some opposition from rival broadband providers over its plans, which could further delay the launch of 4G services in the UK.

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