4G When in UK and how fast

So yesterday the organisation calling itself Everything Everywhere (EE) announced it had approval from Ofcom the industry regulator to use some of its frequencies to offer 4G. Everything Everywhere is the combination of T-Mobile & Orange.

In the beginning, this is going to be quite expensive for early adopters like any new technology, but this technology is far from new and the UK is way behind other nations in its deployment.

How fast is it?

Depending on coverage up to 50 meg connections are possible* making it faster than many conventional broadband connections. I see this helping those that have had trouble getting cables from their local exchange to their office but not all. Rural locations often get poor mobile signals too. Those that get good mobile coverage on T-Mobile & Orange networks will be the first to benefit from this release.

How much faster is it than 3G?

The standard 3G speed is 2-4 megabit with a maximum of 7.2 megabit against 4G LTE’s possible 50 meg. With further developments to the end of this decade we expect to see 3 gigabit speeds.*

When is it available?

21st September 2012

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* Reference http://www.4gbritain.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Mobile-Broadband-and-the-UK-Economy-30-April-2012.pdf

Mobile Broadband and the UK Economy
Rolling out 4G LTE mobile broadband
Improving connectivity — stimulating the economy

About Paul G Howes

I'm the founder of itauthority in the UK. I started this company to help small businesses make better use of the IT they purchase. Many buy tech for the wrong reasons or buy something and then realised they don't have the time to make the most of it. How many unused programs are installed on your system? So I'm all about getting the most from IT. My other interests: I love music above most other things, I'm a pilot, I'm building myself a recording studio, I'm a magician - member of the Ilford Magical Society, as well as a runner & cyclist.
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