Recently we heard that Everything Everywhere – that’s Orange and T-Mobile’s tag-team name – was hopeful of rolling out 4G before the end of the year. Huzzah!
Three appeared to go one better with a blog post on Wednesday suggesting its 4G might be ready by summer, ‘cept it’s not really 4G at all. Huh?
The network explains: “We’re now in the process of finalising our plans to roll out what’s being described in the USA as 4G. But let’s be absolutely clear – this isn’t 4G as in Long Term Evolution, or LTE as it’s also known.”
What that means is 42Mbps of HSPA+ action, as offered by T-Mobile in the States. T-Mobile has taken some stick for describing the service as 4G when it’s slower than the LTE service offered by AT&T and that.
Three’s HSPA+ service will roll out in the summer. In the meantime, Three promises: “As well as continuing the 42Mbps roll out, we’ll also be running our own Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial in the next few months to get ourselves prepared for this technology, when the spectrum needed to run it is made available.”
However, don’t get too excited just yet. Three adds: “The likelihood is that [4G] is still more than a year away at the earliest.” Bah.