Vodafone confirms UK 4G launch

<p>4G is being launched in the UK by Vodafone.</p>

Vodafone has confirmed it is going to be launching 4G technology in the UK soon.

The mobile phone network said a £900 million investment has been made by the firm to make this happen and the technology will be available in London by the end of the month.

O2 announced earlier in the month that it will also be launching its 4G services on August 29th.

Matthew Howett, an analyst at the telecoms consultancy Ovum, told BBC News that capacity will be boosted, as well as speed, by the arrival of 4G.

"The higher frequency spectrum effectively has fatter pipes – you can get more data through them," he said, adding 4G makes it easier for many people to stream HD video at the same time.

Vodafone's share price has dropped slightly in the early stages of trading today, with its stocks falling by 0.28 per cent within the first half-hour of the session.

At 08:27, its shares were selling for 197.15, a drop of 0.55 points on the start of the day.

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