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Everything Everywhere plans 4G LTE roll-out

Everything Everywhere plans 4G LTE roll-out

Everything Everywhere's planned 4G network would theoretically offer speeds of up to 1Gb/s peak.

Mobile communications giant Everything Everywhere, a group formed by the amalgamation of Orange and T-Mobile, has announced that it hopes to start offering a limited 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service before the end of the year.

According to the company's statement, it's going cap-in-hand to communications regulator Ofcom to be allowed to repurpose a portion of its 2G frequency allocation. By shaving some of the 1,800MHz band and shuffling its usage, it hopes to offer a 4G service to 'a small number of customers' before the end of the year.

It's a big move: while 4G networks are becoming increasingly common in the US, they're relatively unheard of in the UK. Designed as a next-generation replacement for the current 3G standard and capable of scaling for future expansion, the most common 4G standard LTE promises download speeds for tablets and smartphones of up to 1Gb/s and upload speeds of 500Mb/s.

Compared to HSPA, the most common 3G standard, that's a major increase: most networks currently offer around 14Mb/s downstream peak, although the newest version of the standard theoretically scales to over 300Mb/s with octa-cell and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technologies.

A nation-wide rollout of 4G service doesn't just hold the promise of faster mobile downloads, however. It's becoming increasingly common for people to use USB mobile broadband dongles. While these offer between 14Mb/s and 24Mb/s at peak, a 4G version could theoretically offer speeds that would rival the best wired connection around at the cost of only slighly increased latency.

'Subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the rollout of 4G before the end of the year,' claimed Everything Everywhere's Olaf Swantee in a statement regarding the move. 'There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st-century network that it so deserves, putting the nation on a level playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA and Asia.'

Ofcom has indicated that it will consider Everything Everywhere's plan, and provide feedback on the application to shuffle its frequency allocations some time in the first quarter of this year.

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Ending Credits 24th February 2012, 14:33 Quote
Why would anyone need 1Gb/s on their phone?

Given that most policies nowadays are capped at ~3GB a month.

That said, Yay!
kenco_uk 24th February 2012, 14:53 Quote
Anything above an o2 GPRS connection round here would be grand.
fuus 24th February 2012, 16:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits
Why would anyone need 1Gb/s on their phone?

Given that most policies nowadays are capped at ~3GB a month.

That said, Yay!

The aim obviously being for you to go over your policy in the first 30 seconds, and for the rest of the month they watch the money rolling in!
Woollster00 24th February 2012, 16:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by fuus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ending Credits
Why would anyone need 1Gb/s on their phone?

Given that most policies nowadays are capped at ~3GB a month.

That said, Yay!

The aim obviously being for you to go over your policy in the first 30 seconds, and for the rest of the month they watch the money rolling in!

Haha ^^
javaman 24th February 2012, 18:13 Quote
While this is good, I'm just after upgrading my phone with orange and have no desire to upgrade again for another few years. Wonder how T-mobile are gonna police this one with their unlimited plan considering people on that are speed capped anyway......Opse! HSPA+ is nice too even tho I have noticed a speed increase on oranges network since 3G sharing with t-mobile came into effect. As said tho, stupid data caps mean it'll be easier to go over with the speed increase an coupled with Orange/Tmobile have the worse data prices of any network out there it'll be a horrible mistake.
So what can you use the extra speed for? Possibly their swapables, mobile tv is good tho can be very buggy when signal drops below about 3 bars on my atrix (what ever that is equivalent to in dB)
Sloth 24th February 2012, 21:42 Quote
With widespread increases in speed it's not unreasonable to see larger data packages being offered. It's a sort of chicken-egg thing of which each provided chooses to offer first, increased speed or increased caps?

I'm glad to have sprung for a 4G phone. The difference when entering 4G range is night and day. Getting 750Kbps and 120ms ping on 3G at home compared to 15Mbps and 40ms ping when testing on 4G.
Neogumbercules 25th February 2012, 01:14 Quote
I've been on Verizon 4G lte for a little over a year now and I'm never going back. With lte all streaming is flawless and content, page loads and downloads are all as fast as my home connection. I've routinely maintained dl speeds of 1.4MB/s.

Thankfully I'm grandfathered in to their unlimited data plan. I'm pushing 5GB a month on this thing.
Marvin-HHGTTG 25th February 2012, 02:58 Quote
Problem with LTE phones at the moment is the poor battery life, and that's poor versus smartphones, which are hardly known for good battery life either. Hopefully more widespread acceptance of LTE will see more development from hardware manufacturers into reducing power requirements.

Looking forward to it though, assuming coverage is there.
leexgx 25th February 2012, 07:41 Quote
the only phone to get with LTE at the moment is the Motorola Razr maxx as its has Very large battery (3300mha, its 2x an norm smartphone bat you can use it for 6-8 hrs constantly and it still keep on going)

as any currant LTE Phone or even none LTE phone lucky if you get 2-3 hrs use out of it (that's is constant use)

as to why blackberry and Windows phones lack LTE yet as it end up like other phones with Poor bat life
Beasteh 25th February 2012, 21:41 Quote
Would be nice if Orange could sort out their coverage first. Paying £30 a month to get no signal in the office is depressing!

There are reports that LTE drains your battery faster than the charger can replenish it...
leexgx 25th February 2012, 23:55 Quote
depends if your using your phone and the charger is used

the power saving on LTE is better then HSDPA(edit), it nearly uses no power then its idle as long as the phones Radio firmware has it implemented, the Razr maxx does once you updated the phone

1A charger should norm keep up

HTC one's (long nose ones) seems the best one to use, that comes with the HTC desire as its 1A, chargers that are only 750ma to 500ma you could still lose bat power if screen is on
Beasteh 26th February 2012, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by leexgx
depends if your using your phone and the charger is used (the power saving on LTE is better then HSPA, it nearly uses no power then its idle as long as the phones Radio firmware has it implemented, the Razr maxx does once you updated the phone)

1A charger should norm keep up

That's a bit more reassuring. I had noticed the battery on my phone gets murdered while surfing on HSPA. Guess this is no different!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the tech - it would be useful for people who need to use their laptop on the go, for example. Just doesn't seem to fit with my needs right now...
leexgx 27th February 2012, 09:04 Quote
at some point there will be an integrated 2g/3g/LTE chip in one package that should use about the same power as the currant high speed 3g phones (HSPA is not really 4g as USA Mobile operators seems to think so, UK only uses HSDPA normally do not think we have any HSPA towers in the uk, i update my post as i did put HSPA)

USB ports can only provide 500ma normally so you can see the charge still going down if your using data and screen is on
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