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Vodafone delays 4G launch in UK until September and new iPhone 5
Vodafone, which had been expected to launch a rival to EE by June, is waiting for Apple to release a compatible iPhone 5
This article titled “Vodafone delays 4G superfast mobile internet launch until September” was written by Juliette Garside, telecoms correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 21st May 2013 16.17 UTC
Vodafone has delayed the launch of its 4G service until around September, a full 10 months after rival EE brought the first version of superfast mobile internet technology to the UK.
Having spent £790m on 4G spectrum at a government auction in February, Vodafone had been expected to launch this month or next. But it would have done so without the world’s best-selling smartphone.
The iPhone 5 works on Britain’s first 4G network – with EE – but does not run on the frequencies Vodafone, O2 and many operators in continental Europe are planning to use for 4G. Apple is not expected to release a compatible device until the autumn.
Vodafone said on Tuesday its 4G switch-on would be delayed until “the end of the summer” to ensure its network was ready and to give the launch the best possible marketing window.
“We are convinced our own 4G will be better performing,” said Vodafone’s chief executive, Vittorio Colao. “We want to be able to launch it when it’s really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching it.”
Announcing annual results, Vodafone set a target of building high-speed 4G networks capable of broadcasting data-hungry videos to 40% of its network in its five biggest European markets, including the UK, by March 2014.
EE, still the only company running a 4G network in the UK, launched its service at the end of October and is targeting 1 million customers by Christmas, having signed up over 400,000 so far.
By this summer, EE will have doubled its 4G speed in 10 UK cities, with an achievable top speed of 80Mbps. The network is already available in 50 towns and cities, and a quarter of all customers new to the company, which also owns the Orange and T-Mobile brands, are subscribing to the service.
Vodafone had been expected to beat both O2 and Three to 4G. O2, which spent £550m in the auction, has indicated it intended to launch this summer at the earliest, while Three has said it is likely to wait until the end of the year before launching its 4G service.
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