Ofcom planning 3G and 4G speed tests for December

Ofcom planning 3G and 4G speed tests for DecemberNow that the UK 4G spectrum auction is finally done and dusted, regulator Ofcom has announced its next little mobile-based project.

Come December this year, Ofcom will perform 3G and 4G speed tests, with the results following shortly thereafter.

Said results are expected in spring of 2014, and they’ll detail who offers what and how fast. Fingers crossed for pie charts.

Ofcom will reportedly appoint an external company to perform the 3G and 4G speed tests, with a suitably competitive tender inbound.

The exact metrics have yet to be determined, with an Ofcom spokesperson whispering to TechRadar: "When we go through the tender process we will look at what different companies can offer. We will also have a set of base requirements."

EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) got an Ofcom-approved head start on UK 4G last October, and now – with select cities receiving double-speed 4G – claims to have the fastest mobile network in the world.

Its rivals (O2, Vodafone, Three, and to a lesser extent BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures) are expected to follow suit later this year, but it’s probably fair to say that they don’t exactly seem to be in a rush.

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loofer  Jul. 5, 2013 at 17:13

So it might be fair to assume that they have timed this test to take place when the rest of the operators will also have launched their service. Thankfully no waiting for the new year and beyond.

I'm particularly keen to hear from 3UK considering they will be offering the service at no extra cost

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 6, 2013 at 11:30

I'm particularly keen to hear from 3UK considering they will be offering the service at no extra cost
Likewise, it seems too good to be true, if I'm being honest...

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