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Ofcom expect LTE to go live in the UK in early 2014
Tuesday 16 November 2010 17:05:00 by John Hunt

Ofcom are hoping to have licenses established for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz Spectrum by Q2 2012 according to Ed Richards (Ofcom Chief Executive), allowing 4G networks to be up and running by early 2014, over 3 years behind some other European cities. The process, to be run more quickly than the 3G auctions, should see details of the auction and regulations announced next year with bids invited in Q1 2012.

The spectrum in question will be used for LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployments which offer faster mobile broadband services and are often termed next-generation mobile broadband. Current 3.5G technologies such as HSPA (high speed packet access) can support theoretical maximum speeds of around 14Mbps whilst LTE will offer 100Mbps and may be a real competitor to fixed-line access.

The government must look to the future with the legislation to be drawn up for this and ensure the spectrum can be used for upgrades to LTE as well as current technology that is rolling out. If 2014 is the likely go-live date then we may be able to skip the first generation of LTE and jump straight to LTE Advanced which offers true 4G services with peak data rates of 1Gbps.


Posted by EnglishRob over 6 years ago
It's a shame it's going to take so long, I would have thought that something like this would have been rolled out quicker than this, still I guess it's something to look forward to (and maybe if there's coverage in rural areas a god send for some folks).

Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
If it is going to take that long then perhaps LTE should be allowed on existing 2G and 3G frequencies. Really need to see 3G deployed by Vodafone and O2 on their 2G band. Even the wait for that will be too long.
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
One good thing about being late will mean fixed line broadband services will get a chance to get a better foot hold. So when LTE (Advanced?) is here it is not over loaded by massive demand from people in broadband not-spots.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
can do LTE now on available frequencies, such as those licensed and light touch regulated ones in the 3 and 5 GHz area.

May also permissible on 3G frequencies now ?
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Then you have rollout...

I don't think we will have a viable 4G network by even 2020.

I hope that when my HD2 needs replacing I am no longer in this country, then I can get a better 4G phone.
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