Everything Everywhere Gearing Up To Launch A 4G LTE Network In The UK This Year?

Everything Everywhere, the result of the merger with T-Mobile UK and Orange UK several years back have officially announced their plans to get 4G LTE to the masses some time this year.  As long as they can jump through all the hurdles of the regulatory side of things, that is, folks in the UK could be experiencing some faster speeds on their devices by year’s end. The carrier has already trialed LTE on their 800 MHz in rural Cornwall and they plan on trialing some more on the 1800 MHz spectrum as well.

Only time will tell if the carrier is officially able to launch 4G LTE speeds this year, especially since the UK 4G LTE spectrum auction has been experiencing some delays and legal challenges when it comes to dividing the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands among the four major operators.  Everything Everywhere is currently a step ahead of the game however, in that it’s currently testing LTE on its existing 1800 MHz 2G spectrum.  Three UK, O2 and Vodafone, patiently await the final outcome of the decision for the division of the 800 MHz spectrum which is also used for analog TV signals, in addition to the 2600 MHz bands.  They’re just waiting on word from Ofcom for the official approval to use the spectrum for LTE.  Using LTE on the 1800 MHz could possibly prove to be more ideal and a happy medium between the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrums due to its wider range of coverage and greater signal concentration.

Again, stay tuned to TA as we continue to provide coverage on the UK 4G LTE roll-out because even though Everything Everywhere has made an official announcement, most of us know how long it can take to officially roll-out a new network.  In addition, equipment in the field will require major upgrades as well as handsets will need to be created for the new services to work with.  At this point, the only major thing that can slow the carrier down would be having to wait on Ofcom for an official decision.  Otherwise, the company could easily land itself in the spotlight as the first major carrier to bring real 4G to the UK.  In the meantime, users will have to settle for HSPA+ 21 with 42 Mbps trials underway.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Everything Everywhere


 


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