The U.K. is trailing far behind the United States when it comes to the rollout of 4G networks, but we do have a number of carriers who are working to change that. One of them is O2, which has just announced its plans to trial a next-generation 4G LTE network in London.
40 masts have already been erected across 40 square kilometers of the capital, which will allow O2 to test its 4G speeds using the 2.6GHz spectrum. The trial takes place ahead of the national launch of 4G networks in the U.K., which is expected to take place in 2013, and will run until June 2012.
Over 1,000 lucky individuals will be chosen to take part in the trial, which is expected to offer data speeds of up to 100Mbps. Those taking part will use Samsung’s B3730 4G mobile broadband dongle and a selection of 4G-capable smartphones, which O2 is yet to name.
Ronan Dunne, the CEO of O2, which is owned by Telefonica, said the company’s priority is to get ahead of its rivals:
“O2 has been at the heart of the mobile data explosion over the last three years and our priority has always been to build ahead of the curve.
“Our work in London will give us a better understanding of the capabilities of 4G technology and will allow us to explore the super fast benefits it will bring to people and industry across the UK.
“This 4G trial is the next step on our journey to a smarter network – a network that offers a seamless, connected experience across multiple devices, locations and services.”
In addition to significantly faster speeds while you’re on the move, 4G networks will also pave the way for a crop of new handsets that will take advantage of the faster speeds.
I’m certainly looking forward to the rollout of 4G networks here in the U.K., and the speedy smartphones that are sure to follow. Are you looking forward to 4G?