Everything Everywhere, the umbrella company housing both T-mobile and Orange, has jumped in ahead of rivals O2 and Vodafone with an announcement that it plans to launch 4G mobile network connectivity in the UK this year.
“Everything Everywhere’s vision is to launch 4G for Britain as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and our 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise,” said the company’s CEO Olaf Swantee.
“I am also very proud to announce that, subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year.”
The 4G plan will involve an initial trial in Bristol in April. Pending approval from governing body OfCom, this’ll pave the way for Everything Everywhere to launch the service properly in late 2012.
Assuming all that goes ahead, the availability of 4G and its broadband-like speeds will only be useful to customers with 4G-enabled phones, of which there are currently none on-sale in the UK.
Still, if Everything Everywhere can get the system up and running ahead of the likes of O2 (which plans to launch its service in 2013), it should help kick start the 4G market. Read up on the state of 4G in the UK here.