Virgin Media 'in talks with Everything Everywhere over 4G'
Virgin Media looks to be in line to become the UK's second mobile service provider to introduce a 4G mobile broadband proposition.
The cable company is holding preliminary discussions with Everything Everywhere, the owner of Orange and T-Mobile, about the possibility of using its forthcoming 4G network on a wholesale basis, reports City AM.
By Christmas, Everything Everywhere is planning to roll out 4G to 16 areas of the UK - including the four capitals - covering more than 20 million people.
Further communities will be passed by the network during 2013, when coverage will reach 70 per cent, before rising to 98 per cent in 2014.
The technology will allow customers to download high-definition movies, watch live TV and browse the web without any delay on mobile devices while out and about.
If Virgin Media comes to an agreement with Everything Everywhere over use of its 4G network, it could put the company ahead of rival providers in the race to deliver super-fast mobile broadband connectivity.
O2, Vodafone and 3 Mobile will need to wait until the forthcoming auction to acquire sufficient spectrum to support the rollout of 4G infrastructure.