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Vodafone Delays LTE Launch Ahead of New iPhone Announcement

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Vodafone has dropped a strong hint that Apple is preparing to launch a new smartphone, as it has chosen to delay the launch of its UK LTE network, pending something happening around August or September time.

The mobile network operator had planned to switch on its LTE network in June, but now plans a delay of a couple of months.

"End of the summer means when there's going to be a good commercial moment for launching 4G," the company CEO, Mr Colao said.

The current iPhone model is not compatible with the radio spectrum that Vodafone is using for its LTE service, while it has been generally expected that the forthcoming model from Apple would support a wider range of frequencies.

Apple was censured in several countries for advertising its iPhone 5 as an LTE model, when the frequencies it supported were not available in those countries.

When the rival network, EE was allowed to refarm its 1800Mhz spectrum for LTE services, it was able to support the iPhone 5 as well.

"EE had a little bit of an advantage because of the iPhone at 1800MHz. To be honest that will go away as soon as we launch our 4G,." Colao added.

Sources have confirmed to the Telegraph newspaper that the delay to the iPhone 5S had been a factor in Vodafone's decision to delay 4G.

On the web: Telegraph

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