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Vodafone has launched a broadband service for consumers in tandem with joining the call for rival BT to be broken up while at the same time complaining that in the UK 4G network is being hampered by planning laws and low masts.

Vittorio Colao the chief executive of Vodafone insists BT should be broken up and that Openreach, BT’s network division which provides ‘final mile’ broadband and other services to millions of households should be hived off.

He added, perhaps unsurprisingly, that Vodafone would consider becoming an investor in an independent Openreach should regulators listen to calls from several of BT rivals to split up the company.

Vodafone has expanded its UK business for the first time in more than three years with its UK 4G network covering two thirds (68 per cent) of the population as part of its Project Spring initiative. But Colao criticised UK planning constraints and shorter masts for a slower rollout of 4G in the UK than in many other parts of Europe with its German and Spanish networks reaching 78 per cent of the population and Italy 88 per cent.

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