O2 has announced that its 4G mobile network is set to launch on 29 August.
The service – offering higher mobile data speeds than 3G – will initially be available in London, Leeds and Bradford.
O2 said it planned to extend the service to a further 10 cities by the year’s end.
It will compete against EE, which is already offering 4G data to 95 cities and has a cheaper basic tariff than O2’s lowest-cost option.
O2 – which is owned by Spain’s Telefonica – has said that its basic 4G tariff would cost £26 a month.
By contrast EE’s cheapest rate is £21 a month for voice and data, or £15 a month for just data. However, until O2 reveals what its cheapest rate includes it is not possible to compare the offers properly.
Telefonica UK’s chief executive, Ronan Dunne, said that his firm intended to match EE’s launch speeds. But he acknowledged that his network would be slower, at least initially, in areas where his rival had subsequently installed “double speed” 4G equipment.
Source: BBC News