It woould appear that if you had wandered around Oxford Street in London a month ago with a 4G enabled device you might have picked up a signal from Virgin Media doing some testing according to the Financial Times.
The testing does not appear to be a prelude to a massive announcement that Virgin Media the quad-play provider is about to embark on a national 4G programme, but rather an evaluation of what the hardware is capable of rather than the hyperbole of the marketing. Of course if the availability of their own fibre network in areas means they can roll out masts cheaply enough and provide enough speed at the right price we might see the company bid for some spectrum, or enter a partnership with another bidder.
"This wireless solution fits so well with our fibre network which cover most major cities,...
We are interested in working with WiFi as well as licensed spectrum. It provides capacity to where people need it the most."Kevin Baugham, Director of Wireless at Virgin Media
Another advantage to having some actual experience is that more informed responses can made to the what is hopefully the last consultation in the lengthy process that has been the 4G auctions.