O2 brings 4G that little bit closer to reality

O2 brings 4G that little bit closer to realityWhat are the differences between the mobile market in the US and here in the UK? Well, there's the fact that they call them cellphones and we don't, then there's that whole GSM/CDMA thing.

And don't get us started on the whole different names thing, as it's frankly a bit daft, but what we're really fishing for here is 4G. The US has 4G networks and we don't. Thanks to O2, however, as of today the gap has got a lot closer.

Up until June 2012, the oxygenated network will be trialling its 4G LTE network across London, with 25 stations eventually providing 40 square km of coverage across the capital.

It'll hardly be an open ticket to supersonic mobile speeds, however. Only 1,000 users in total will be granted access to those tantalising speeds of up to 100Mbps, which O2 is promising will see you downloading 500MB files in just a minute.

And with the likes of the O2 Arena and O2's retail buddy John Lewis getting preferential treatment, it's probably not worth getting too excited.

The real big step forward for 4G we've all been waiting for (hopefully) comes next year, which is when the big players will step in to bid for the all-important frequency spectrum required to kick-start 4G properly.

Via The Register

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dcx_badass  Nov. 14, 2011 at 20:20

I suggest (as usual) you do some more research. Most networks in the US class HSDPA as 4G which is a flat out lie and false advertising. I believe only one network actually offers real 4G and in limited areas.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 22:28

Dcx_badass, I suggest you do more research before you comment. I assume you're referring to LTE as proper 4G, both Verizon and AT&T offer this type of 4G now. Also, it's HSDPA+ that they count as 4G, not standard, slower, HSDPA. It's only false advertising by UK ofcom standards, it's allowed in the US, they have different laws to us, remember. AT&T's LTE network is pretty limited, but Verizon's is quite widespread nowadays.

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