Updated: Friday, 22nd May 2020 @ 2:15pm

Gadget fanatics rejoice as 'superfast' 4G mobile internet to be rolled out across Manchester this month

Gadget fanatics rejoice as 'superfast' 4G mobile internet to be rolled out across Manchester this month

By Dean Wilkins

‘Superfast’ 4G mobile internet will be rolled out across Manchester by the end of this month as Orange and T-Mobile unveiled their product plans today.

The quickest-ever service by EE (Everything Everywhere) will launch 4G in ten cities in the UK and Manchester gadget fanatics will be able to try their hands at surfing the web using HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and iPhone 5 devices.

The announcement comes 24 hours after Ofcom revealed plans to allow other operators to use 4G to avoid legal action – as EE’s exclusive deal sidelined network giants O2 and Vodafone.

EE chief executive Olaf Swantee said: "This is a significant milestone for the UK and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time."

London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and will benefit from the service on October 30 and a further six cities – Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton – will have access at the end of the year.

The communications firm intend to reach out to 98% of people by 2014 and allow uninterrupted access to the mobile internet, download high definition movies and stream television without buffering.

The Culture Secretary claimed 4G services will boost the UK's economy by up to £3billion.

"Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy,” Maria Miller MP. “I am grateful to the mobile operators for their co-operation in bringing forward vital 4G services."

O2 said they would roll out the service to its customers in May 2013.

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