The introduction of Superfast 4G mobile services in the UK wasn’t initially expected until next summer, but this has been brought forward. The new service will allow users access to mobile services that are up to seven times fast that current 3G networks.
Using 4G will allow smartphones to stream high-definition movies and download songs in just 4 seconds.
The telecoms watchdog Ofcom have declared that initially Britains biggest mobile operator Everything Everywhere will be allowed to launch their 4G service. This will allow mobile users to access online services at a speed similar to a standard broadband connection in their homes.
However, it’s not all good news for consumers as current handsets do not support 4G access. Brand new handsets, which are expected to cost hundreds of pounds are on the way, with rumours circulating that the new iPhone 5 will be 4G compatible. Other new smartphone handsets which support 4G will be launched in time for Christmas.
Countries such as the US, parts of Scandinavia and the Far East already have a live 4G network. The delay in the services coming to the UK as so far been delayed due to the shortage of radio airwave spectrum to support the services. In can be rolled out due to the shutting down of analogue TV signals. Ofcom is now inviting mobile phone companies to bid to run 4G signals, in an auction that is set to earn the Government in excess of £4.5 billion.
Everything Everywhere has been given the green light to introduce 4G as it has found spare spectrum on its existing 3G mast network. This means that all Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to access 4G before anyone else.