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There was a significant rise in super-fast mobile broadband coverage in the UK during the course of 2013, it has been revealed.

Figures published by the European Union indicate that 63 per cent of British households had access to 4G services at the turn of the year.

This was up from just 17 per cent at the end of 2012, representing a rise of 46 percentage points.

Across the European Union, the average level of 4G coverage was 59 per cent of households at the end of last year, up from 26 per cent.

In the UK, the launch of 4G services from Vodafone, O2 and Three during the course of 2013 helped extend the reach of next-generation mobile networks.

EE - which launched super-fast mobile broadband in October 2012 - also continued to build its network, bringing 4G services to more towns and cities across the UK.

The coverage level can be expected to increase further in 2014, as 4G services arrive in parts of the UK countryside.

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