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The Deputy City Mayor of Leicester has expressed delight at the news that 4G services will come to the city in early 2013.

Leicester is one of 17 towns and cities set to gain EE super-fast mobile broadband during the first quarter of next year.

This means businesses and consumers should be able to access download speeds up to five times as fast as those currently available.

Councillor Rory Palmer said he is "delighted" with the news that 4G will be switched on in Leicester in early 2013.

"EE clearly recognises that Leicester is a city that will benefit significantly from 4G mobile coverage," the Deputy City Mayor stated.

"Super-fast mobile internet will have real benefits for our residents, homes and businesses across the city.”

EE has launched 4G mobile broadband using its existing 1,800MHz spectrum, after Ofcom granted the firm permission earlier this year.

Other broadband providers will have the opportunity to launch rival services from Q2 2013 onwards in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.

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