By December 18, 2009

O2 doing 4G in Slough


On O2? Don’t have a decent connection in your area? Then you are going to love to know that O2 is trialling 4G in Slough. The town most famous for …The Office will be not be able to use the network yet since there are no 4G phones on the market as yet. Have a read at the full story below:

You might still be struggling to get a 3G signal on your smartphone, but O2 and mobile modem maker Huawei have just successfully demonstrated a 4G connection — the first in the UK.

LTE stands for ‘Long Term Evolution’ and it’s an enhanced version of the current HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology that most 3G smartphones and USB 3G modems are currently based on.

Among LTE’s many improvements are a downlink rate of at least 100Mbit/s and an uplink rate of at least 50Mbits, and a ping time of less than 10ms. For comparison, current HSDPA technology has a downlink rate of 7.5Mbit/s. O2’s trial at its Slough HQ achieved a peak downlink rate of 150Mbit/s.

O2’s demonstration was part of a technology showcase rather than the first stage of a rollout and there’s no news yet on when O2 is planning to introduce LTE to its UK mobile network.

Huawei already has one commercial LTE network under its belt though, in Norway. Nordic mobile network operator TeliaSonera turned on its Huawei-powered 4G service in Oslo yesterday, alongside an Ericsson-powered 4G network in Stockholm. Other cities in Norway and Sweden are expected to get 4G over the course of 2010.

There are no 4G smartphones available yet, so TeliaSonera customers can only take advantage of the faster mobile data speeds using a laptop and the Samsung ‘Kalmia’ 4G USB modem at the moment.

[O2 | Mobile Magazine]

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