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The government may bring the 4G mobile broadband auction forwards in a bid to stave off the threat of legal action, it has been suggested.

According to the Sunday Times, new Culture Secretary Maria Miller is seeking to ensure the launch of next-generation mobile broadband as soon as possible.

But with O2 and Vodafone threatening court action over the decision to allow EE to launch 4G services in the 1,800MHz frequency band, the government is being forced to act.

Ms Miller is reported to have summoned the heads of O2, Vodafone, 3 and EE - which owns T-Mobile and Orange - to a meeting this week to agree some form of compromise.

The news provider suggests that the 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction - scheduled to take place at the end of 2012 - could be brought forward to placate those enraged by the EE decision.

This would allow other broadband providers to launch rival 4G services in a shorter timeframe, reducing EE's advantage in the market.

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