Later today will see the UK network bigwigs sit around a table and have a serious powwow with regulator Ofcom about the plans for 4G.
Likely to be subject of discussion? Everything Everywhere’s plans to launch before everyone else.
About a year ago we brought you the full lowdown on what 4G is, how it works, and when it’ll be coming to the UK.
So what’s happened over the last 12 months? Where are our 4G handsets? And when will we actually have 4G networks up and running? We’ve spoken to the industry experts for an update, and we have to warn you, there’s a lot of squabbling going on…
Ofcom has announced its plans for auctioning off the 4G spectrum to the networks, but it’s bad news: bidding won’t start until early 2013. It was hoped the auction would take place before the end of this year, and that was delayed from the beginning of 2012.
Delays, delays. At this rate we’re set to be years behind the rest of the world for deploying 4G.
We’re calling each other less and less. That’s according to the latest Ofcom annual report, which says that for the first time, the number of calls on mobiles and landlines has fallen. Instead, we’re texting more.
We’re also emailing, tweeting and Facebooking each other like nobody’s business, of course. What would poor old Bob Hoskins say, eh?
Waiting for 4G in the UK? Yeah, us too. It’s a bit of a shame that the US gets blazing fast mobile web and we’re chugging along at 3G. Still, it is coming, and hopefully soon. To that end, O2 and Vodafone have just put pen to paper to sign a deal that’ll allow both of them to share mobile sites. The 4G mobiles cometh… Read more
Ofcom has released its first ever interactive map showing UK broadband speeds and it’s not a pretty picture for most of the country. While 68% of premises have a broadband connection, the average maximum speed is a paltry 7.5Mbit/s.
Casting your eye over the colour coded Ofcom map also reveals that most of us live in areas classed as on the lower end of Ofcom’s performance scale with Wales coming out worst. Read on to discover the best places to live if you crave a speedy connection and where you’re guaranteed to be frustrated…
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