We’re still looking across the pond with envious eyes: those lucky tech buyers stateside have access to 4G mobile internet access and we don’t. Now even our iPads have ‘4G’ carved onto the back without even proffering 4G speeds. Luckily, O2 is making headway with bringing the tech to us, and has just released its first results. They’re pretty impressive…
For the past four months, O2 has been running a trial in London of 1000 consumers and businesses, kitting them out with the means to use 4G LTE technology when within a 40 square kilometer area between Hyde Park in the west and Canary Wharf in the east. The aim of the trial has been to see what O2 needs to do to ready itself for 4G when the spectrum auction goes down.
So what are these results? Some users maxed out their 4G download speeds at a frankly insane 150Mbps, which rubs shoulders with the very best in home broadband. Come on, though, we’re never going to reach that heady figure are we? Well, maybe not, but even the average download speeds found in the test were high – between 20 and 50Mbps.
You don’t need us to tell you that that’s far better than what you get now. It gets better: O2′s averaged out the ‘click to bang’ rate (how long content takes to load up), and it comes in at just 0.07 seconds. So when can you get your hands on a 4G device in the UK? Read our analysis of the state of 4G in the UK to find out.