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The threat of legal action over the launch of 4G services may have been averted - at least for now.

According to the Financial Times, the government has secured a truce between the UK's network operators over the launch of fourth-generation services in the 1,800MHz frequency band.

Ofcom recently approved an application from Everything Everywhere - the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile - to use its spectrum to launch 4G services.

And the decision - which came after two consultations - has enraged rival broadband providers including O2 and Vodafone.

Three was also reported to be unhappy with the decision, which effectively gives Orange and T-Mobile a head-start in the market.

However, the firm has agreed a deal to purchase a share of Everything Everywhere's 4G spectrum, as part of plans to comply with competition law.

Other mobile broadband providers will have to wait until after Ofcom auctions off space in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands in early 2013 to launch their own 4G services.

O2 in particular had threatened legal action if Everything Everywhere presses ahead with an early 4G launch, but the latter warned it would remove support for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction if this went ahead.

The Financial Times reports that the government has stepped in to smooth over relations between the UK's mobile broadband providers.

In one of his final actions as Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is believed to have brought the heads of Everything Everywhere, O2, Three and Vodafone together to discuss a way forward.

The four providers signed an agreement preventing any legal action for a month, while further options for the launch of 4G services are considered.

However, Everything Everywhere is still expected to press ahead with the soft launch of its new 4G brand today (Tuesday September 11th).  

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