Which areas in the UK will get 4G?

How will 4G work when it's finally introduced? Will we get it everywhere we currently get 3G or HSDPA, or...?

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 15:38

This question has been asked before, in fact, I've answered it before :p. Big cities and centres of population first, then spreading to large towns, smaller towns then villages...though since lots of villages don't get 3G yet, I wouldn't hold your breath for nationwide 4G anytime in the next 5 years. Also, in the UK 4G has to be LTE or faster so that narrows the available 4G technology, since HSPA+ and WiMAX aren't going to be allowed to be called 4G by OFCOM. The trials of 4G may take place in more rural areas, as these put less stress on the network, like when they test new fast broadband it's often done out in the countryside somewhere for ease of management.

Andy247  Sep. 13, 2011 at 15:38

It'll be everywhere, but as with 3G and HSDPA it'll be a phased rollout as the networks update the kit on each mast.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 15:41

Andy, since 3G isn't "everywhere", in the UK yet, I'm doubtful 4G will be either. Oh and OP, the auctions for 4G spectrum have been pushed back to Q2 2012, don't expect any UK 4G until at least a year after the auctions take place, so mid-2013 at the earliest. Yes, the UK is a long way behind the US and Japan.

Andy247  Sep. 16, 2011 at 15:32

That's true, there are limitations in all networks, but 3G is more or less everywhere at the moment that it's likely to be. The incumbent 2G networks are playing catch up with that but Three covers 98%+ of the population and that's only going to rise minimally over the next 12-18 months.


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