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Angie bags £707m to make UK gigabit broadband dream happen

Plucky telecoms start-up Angie, which wants to bring 10Gbps broadband to 3 million UK premises, has secured hundreds of millions in investment. 

Private equity firm NSL & Co has invested €1 billion (£707 million) in Angie, which wants to start work on its next-generation UK network in 2016. 

By 2021, Angie plans to have set up not only a FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) network but to have launched ‘5G’ wireless broadband and 4G mobile broadband services as well. 

The so-called ‘5G’ service should reach around 90 per cent of the population while the 4G LTE-Advanced services will be rolled out to 95 per cent of Brits. As well as promising to shake up the fixed-line and mobile broadband networks, which, following BT’s acquisition of EE, will be dominated by one company, Angie hopes that its three-way network will allow for what it calls ‘true convergence,’ seamlessly integrating data, voice and Internet of Things services. 

While technical standards for 5G have yet to be defined, hence our slightly sarcastic inverted commas, the EU hopes that future mobile services will allow for devices in homes, cars and cities to communicate, allowing for things like smart traffic management to flourish

Previous trials of technology which could be used for 5G services have yielded impressive speeds of up to 1Tbps and 1.2Gbps to stationary and moving devices. 

Angie intends to bid for parts of the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz radio spectrum, which Ofcom intends to auction off later this year, or in early 2016. 

Not wanting to waste any time, Angie has already begun canvassing would-be customers across the UK for support. 

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