O2 4G trial from 25 masts in London
O2 is the latest mobile broadband provider to announce a 4G trial, the trial is set to last some nine months and will involve 1,000 people who will be invited to join the trial.
This trial is a just about mobile broadband, due to the lack of compatible handsets at this time and will use Samsung dongles and 3G mobile routers. The area covered will be Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.
The Guardian article reveals an interesting snippet of information, this trial network will have more capacity than O2's entire national 3G network. In theory 4G can manage 150 Mbps, but the trial is expected to deliver 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps, with expectations of speeds of 10 to 15 Mbps once 4G is finally rolled out across the UK.
The 4G auctions are expected in 2013, though Ofcom is under pressure to get up and running earlier. 4G does hold some promise for connecting areas which are sparsely populated, and in those areas with small numbers of users on a mast, decent speeds should be possible.