We weren’t expecting to get 4G speeds until at least 2013 here in Britain, but Everything Everywhere, the parent company for Orange and T-Mobile in the U.K., is planning to rollout the first LTE network before the end of this year, subject to regulatory approval from Ofcom.
Today the company announced that it is in the process of rolling out a nationwide 3.5G HSPA+ network that will be complete by the third quarter of 2012, in a bid to improve mobile data connections for its subscribers.
But Olaf Swantee, Everything Everywhere’s CEO, also had some more exciting news:
“I am also very proud to announce that, subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year.”
In preparation for the launch, the company will begin trials for the U.K.’s first LTE network over the 1800MHz cellular band in Bristol starting April, after successfully trialling LTE over 800MHz in Cornwall last year.
The tests have demonstrated the 800MHz band is optimal for the rollout of LTE networks in rural areas, according to Everything Everywhere, but it will now begin trialling the 1800MHz spectrum.
Of course, those of you in the U.S. have had access to 4G networks for some time, but this is huge news for us Brits. Let’s just hope Everything Everywhere gets the approval it needs to begin the nationwide rollout. Then all we need is some 4G phones.
Are you looking forward to the U.K.’s first 4G network?
[via Gizmodo UK]