4G trial in London, a success, apparently
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.