NEWCASTLE has been chosen as one of the first UK cities to receive fourth generation (4G) mobile coverage by the end of the year.
The new technology will bring faster internet access to mobile devices and improved coverage in rural areas and indoors.
This morning's announcement that Newcastle will be one of 16 launch cities was met with excitement by technology fans.
Thrilled Twitter user @Amy_1708 took to the social networking site and said: "I'm sorry but this is far better news than Andy Murray's US Open win - possibly seeing 4G in Newcastle in the coming weeks."
Meanwhile, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes tweeted: "Great to hear Newcastle will be in first wave of 4G rollout - we should have it by the end of the year."
But the service will at first only be available to customers of Everything Everywhere – now known as EE – a merger of Orange and T-Mobile.
The UK's largest mobile network operator, with 28 million customers, was given permission by Ofcom to launch 4G services over part of the radio spectrum it already uses for 3G.
Providers such as a Vodafone and O2 will have to wait until next year to offer 4G because they do not have that spare capacity.
And with pent-up demand for the imminent iPhone 5 reaching bursting point, Everything Everywhere could scoop up customers who do not want to wait for their carrier to get up to speed.
Known as "ultra-broadband", 4G provides speeds of up to 20Mb per second - quick enough to download a music album in under a minute and around 20 times faster than 3G.
At this morning's launch, Mayor of London Boris Johnson joked that 4G shouldn't be confused with security firm G4S or it "might not be popular".