4G trial in London, a success, apparently

19 April 2012

A man stood near some 4G, yesterday

4G is the thing getting people vaguely excited about the future of smartphones (soon, we'll just call smartphones, mobiles) and data connection speed of 150Mb/s have been seen out in the wild in London by a thousand or so people who took part in O2’s 4G trials.

It is worth noting that O2 have said that speeds in practice average out around 30Mb/s. Of course, this is still a big deal as that's quicker than most of your broadband connections and hugely ahead of the piddling 7.2Mb connection you get with 3G.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2, said: "The forthcoming spectrum auction is a watershed moment for the UK mobile industry, releasing the airwaves that will power a whole range of exciting next generation mobile services. The new spectrum will increase capacity, quality and speed (we estimate that mobile broadband capacity will increase by 20 to 40 times from today's levels), and will allow us to deliver true connectivity through a suite of innovative digital services."

The trial started last December and O2 are joined by all the other mobile big boys in getting their networks prepped for the release of the 800MHz spectrum. Both the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands are being auctioned off to operators through Ofcom, and then, all being well, 4G should be available from 2013.

Don't count on it though. Technology in Britain is largely, a gigantic and frustrating farce.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Broadband


  • AJ
    So when do we get better 3g coverage that isnt in london?
  • Phil
    The advertising slogan for o2/voda/EE should be "4G - So you can use up your monthly data allowance in 10 minutes!"
  • Anoth E.
    Come on now, who gets 7.2 Mb/s? I'm on T-mobile and i barely get 1Mb/s on a HTC desire using speedtest.net app. IN LONDON!
  • The B.
    @AJ - Join Vodafone, I'm lucky if I can get a signal in London let alone get 3G with the c**ts, the logic being that if it's that bad in London it must be better somewhere outside.
  • Mike H.
    You don't really need a connection speed of 150Mbps just to tell everyone what a great time you had at that poxy concert you went to last night. Cretins.
  • Mike R.
    @Mike Hock but a speed of 150Mbps is useful if you wanna download loadsa porn when time is somewhat restricted :)
  • Skymarshall
    I regularly get 6Mb/s in Newcastle..
  • Mike H.
    Who uses the word 6Mb/s in Newcastle?
  • Sir S.
    I'm surprised that download speeds in the North aren't far higher due to the contention ratios, after all not that many Northerners can spell computer let alone afford to own and use one.
  • Red K.
    Fuck off Sugar you Boris buggering traitor.

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