O2 readying 4G mobile internet trial. In London, obviously
4G mobile internet is coming, with a large-scale public trial about to take to the airwaves! And where will this trial take place? The Isle Of Mull? Stockton-On-Tees? Tenby? No! It’ll be in That London of course!
It’s all been cooked up by O2 and will cover a 15 square mile area of the nation’s stinking capital, including such areas of misery as Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross. The trial will last for nine months and the masts, of which there will be in excess of 25, will form the basis of O2’s network proper when it kicks off in 2013 (hopefully).
But the trial won’t be available to anyone and everyone. The Guardian are reporting that about 1,000 users will be invited to join in, including (for some reason) staff at John Lewis department stores, O2 customers and selected small businesses. Also, the trial will be restricted to laptops and certain tablets, as special dongles will be required to access the 4G signal. At the moment, mobile phones are unable to handle its thrusting majesty, capable of speeds of up to 150 megabits per second.
When 4G is introduced nationally the average speeds are likely to drop to between 10Mbps and 15Mbps. However, the auction for the 4G spectrum probably won’t take place until late 2012, with some squabbling over T-Mobile and Orange’s combined Everything Everywhere network waiting to be resolved.