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The UK's main mobile network providers have created a jointly controlled company, which will help ensure the rapid roll-out of 4G services in 2013.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have formed Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which will be responsible for ensuring consumers continue to receive clear Freeview TV signals following the rollout of 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz spectrum band.

Concerns have been raised that the use of this frequency band for mobile broadband may interfere with some households' television signal.

The new company - which will initially be chaired by Andrew Pinder - will be funded by the successful bidders for 800MHz spectrum in the upcoming Ofcom auction.

Provisions exist to ensure that if any other party acquires some of this spectrum in the auction they can immediately become a shareholder in the firm.

Bringing forward the creation of the company was one of the areas highlighted by Ofcom and the government in their recent discussions with the mobile industry geared at securing an early 4G launch.

These talks culminated in a "broad agreement" on the steps needed to create a competitive 4G market in the UK.

Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said the rollout of 4G services is "a huge step forward" for mobile broadband services in Britain.

She claimed this will be "incredibly important" in driving economic growth.

"I am pleased that the mobile operators will be working together to ensure that no viewers lose their television services when 4G is rolled out, and congratulate them on setting up the assistance scheme so quickly," Ms Miller stated.

Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, said the launch of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited is "further evidence" of the progress that is being made by the industry to deliver 4G mobile services across the UK.

"[It] represents yet another step towards bringing consumers early access to the next generation of mobile broadband services," he stated.

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