What will 4G mobile services mean for customers?
22 August 2012 Last updated at 10:34 BST
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has allowed Everything Everywhere, the company behind Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, to use its existing bandwidth to launch fourth-generation (4G) mobile services.
The move means 4G, which allows much faster downloads, could launch in the UK earlier than previously planned.
But what will 4G services mean for customers? Editor of Mobile Choice magazine Natasha Stokes explained the potential benefits to BBC News.