Britain gears up for 4G mobile services


Smartphone users in Britain who are highly addicted to their gadgets for Internet access mainly would soon be able to enjoy the online services at far better speeds. In the times to come, Mobile phone networks in Britain will be able to provide internet speeds up to 16 times faster than the current technologies after Ofcom, the independent telecom regulator in Britain, unveiled plans for 4G coverage.

Ofcam has announced an auction for the right to provide high-speed services to consumers and businesses in a sale that could raise more than 10 billion pounds for the treasury. It appears that four companies would buy the rights to offer 4G services from 2013. They are expected to offer speeds of 4 to 8 megabits per second (Mbps) as compared with the 0.5 to 2 Mbps of most existing 3G services.

With the 4G system in place, users would be able to stream high-definition TV and films on their smartphones, laptops and tablets at better speeds and quality. The initial focus for the operating entities would be to cover the urban population and gradually move onto the rural areas as they would have a period of about 6 years to cover 95% of the country.

“4G offers much better data services and therefore all the kind of things you can get on your broadband at home or in your office and that you aspire to do through your smartphone or tablet computer and so forth, that is exactly what 4G services will enable.”
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said.