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UK Broadband launch LTE service in London
Wednesday 29 February 2012 12:46:23 by John Hunt

LTE has gone live in the UK with a deployment from UK Broadband who hold a large section of 4G spectrum in the 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz bands. The first commercial deployment in the UK is centred in London, previous LTE networks having been trials, marks a landmark step forward for UK mobile broadband, presenting a new benchmark of speeds that can be achieved whilst on the move.

The UK Broadband service using frequencies that are a lot higher than the traditional band (800Mhz) and may suffer from reduced range, particularly whilst inside buildings. UK Broadband will offer LTE Advanced speeds with capacity to deliver superfast broadband speeds to a large number of simultaneous users. LTE Advanced does in theory allow for services of up to 1Gbps, but it's unclear whether this network will support that initially or an interim speed. They are been working with Huawei who have developed indoor and outdoor devices to allow homes and businesses to connect.

"We're very excited to be switching on our first TD-LTE system in the UK using our 4G spectrum. We're working with Huawei because we believe they have the expertise and experience we need to deliver the best solution."

Nicholas James, (CEO) UK Broadband

Unfortunately, there are no details at present of how people can sign up, or prices, but hopefully further information will come in the coming months.

Comments

Posted by EnglishRob over 2 years ago
So I wonder if this will cover some of the notspot or slow areas of London and surrounding areas or if they're just going to aim at big companies in the city?

Rob
Posted by danman7_200 over 2 years ago
Ouch 3.5Ghz and 3.6Ghz! Need a mast in every street to provide decent coverage!
Posted by zyborg47 over 2 years ago
Huawei hardware again, this company seems to be popping up all over the place lately.

this is the company that Talk Talk uses to spy on their users, info going to china, no thinak you
Posted by bosie over 2 years ago
Just going from my experience with 3 (best features, worst range) - at those frequencies it will not be practical for every day use.
Posted by jtthedevil over 2 years ago
With so many 4g projects starting up this year its going to make buying a phone on contract difficult. Tie in to a 2 yr contract which most of the decent phones come with now, and you could miss out. Or wait, and wait, and wait, and hope, and wait......
Posted by timmay over 2 years ago
UKBB's second attempt of this...

They used to be involved with now failed 'now broadband'... wait a min mynow.co.uk's web site still works.
Posted by timmay over 2 years ago
4G on 3.5 and 3.6Ghz could end up getting $G bad press for poor coverage especially indoors where there is no LOS to the mast!
Posted by c_j_ over 2 years ago
Will this be a "commercial deployment" in the same way as Netvigator was? PCCW (as it was called back then) had 13 of the 15 regional fixed wireless access broadband licences either during or after the auctions in 2003. And mostly did nothing with them. Be interesting to hear why anyone expects anything different this time.

E.g. http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/1656-broadband-delivered-within-24-hours.html
Posted by otester over 2 years ago
@bosie

You jelly?

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1808456731.png
Posted by otester over 2 years ago
My mast just got upgrade to HSPA+, my landline can only do 2.5-5Mbps.
Posted by zemadeiran over 2 years ago
I remember when pccw (Hong Kong) company rolled out NOW Broadband :)

Latency was really bad so no voip or gaming.

Normal surfing and online surfing was ok.

Imho although I would love fttp, lte is really going to put the cat amongst the pigeons and please do not mention back haul bandwidth as a limiting factor as 10gb pon is pretty much de-facto.
Posted by zemadeiran over 2 years ago
I do sound a little arrogant but please do not take me at face value.

Make that:
"Normal surfing and streaming video"
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