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Next gen mobile broadband not for the UK until 2012?

July 7, 2009

Taken from www.techwatch.co.uk

Fourth generation mobile broadband or, as it is also known, long term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband, is already being rolled out in certain countries, but is unlikely to be seen in the UK until 2012 according to an interview with Ericsson in PC pro.
China, Europe and the US are seeing this technology coming online, and with a theoretical connection of up to 150 Mbps a service like this would put the fixed line broadband service providers under to pressure to provide better services.
The issue regarding the rollout of 4G is not investment, but rather to do with the 900 MHz spectrum, which is currently owned jointly by O2 and Vodafone.
The spectrum is vital to 4G and the longer the mobile providers hang on to it, the longer the rollout of the latest mobile broadband will take.

Fourth generation mobile broadband or, as it is also known, long term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband, is already being rolled out in certain countries, but is unlikely to be seen in the UK until 2012 according to an interview with Ericsson in PC pro.

China, Europe and the US are seeing this technology coming online, and with a theoretical connection of up to 150 Mbps a service like this would put the fixed line broadband service providers under to pressure to provide better services.

The issue regarding the rollout of 4G is not investment, but rather to do with the 900 MHz spectrum, which is currently owned jointly by O2 and Vodafone.

The spectrum is vital to 4G and the longer the mobile providers hang on to it, the longer the rollout of the latest mobile broadband will take.

Opinion – Can we really wait this long for the next generation of mobile broadband? With other countries well ahead of us, for a demanding market such as the UK you would like to think this could be in place a lot sooner. Ad agencies will certainly be pushing for this to be accelerated, as they look to ensure their mobile marketing ideas remain at the forefront of the world market. Until this next generation of mobile broadband is realised, high quality content streaming will simply not fly. Whose responsibility is it however to catalyse this change? Should it be solely in the hands of the operators, or do we as an industry need to help push this through?

In the meantime, we need 02 and Vodafone to loosen their grubby little grasp on the 900MHz spectrum.

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