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July 7, 2009

Next gen mobile broadband not for the UK until 2012?


by David Allen

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.

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