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Telecoms giant EE will launch 4G mobile services on October 30th 2012, it has been confirmed.

The firm - UK parent company of Orange and T-Mobile - has been given permission to launch mobile services using its existing 1,800MHz spectrum.

Rivals O2 and Vodafone - who were unhappy with the decision to allow EE to use its existing spectrum for 4G services - had threatened legal action which could delay the launch.

But with the government, Ofcom and broadband industry agreeing a timetable for the faster launch of 4G in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands, this danger has now been averted.

This means Orange and T-Mobile dongle and Mi-Fi customers will gain access to faster download and upload speeds, increased network coverage and more reliable services.

Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive of EE, said the company was "delighted" to announce the official launch of super-fast mobile broadband at the end of the month.

"This is a significant milestone for the UK, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of super-fast 4G technology for the first time," he stated.

"We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand."

EE noted that 4G is "the next generation of mobile technology", which can deliver significantly faster, more consistent mobile broadband speeds than 3G services.

"The new technology will mean you can use your phone for even more, including gaming, mobile TV, video calls, streaming, remote working and access to cloud services, and these will run more quickly," the broadband provider stated.

It said the "quality improvements" will be immediately noticeable to broadband users.

"4G technology is ready now and is being introduced around the world," EE stated.

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