Orange and T-Mobile customers are set to get a speed boost by the end of the year; Everything Everywhere has announced plans to roll out HSPA+21 – aka ‘3.5G’ – which will see networks speeds increase by up to 50 per cent and upload speeds increasing by up to 100 per cent.
This will basically mean you’ll be able to upload pictures, music and video twice as fast as normal from your iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2 using Orange or T-Mobile 3G signal.
The rollout of 3.5G across the two networks has already begun, with Everything Everywhere claiming that the new speeds are available across 60 per cent of the network. 100 per cent of the network is expected to be finished during the third quarter of 2012 – i.e. end of summer/early autumn time.
In addition to this, Everything Everywhere is announcing a pair of new trials today; trials of HSPA+42 – faster than the current HSPA+21 roll out – are due to begin in the summer with a view to this starting to rollout by the end of the year.
Orange and T-Mobile customers in Bristol will also be able to take part in the UK’s first ever 4G LTE trials on the 1800MHz frequency this April. This full-scale urban trial of 4G compliments Everything Everywhere’s earlier 800MHz 4G rural trial in Cornwall which started back in September last year.
Nuthin but a 4G thang
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee said in a statement that “Everything Everywhere’s vision is to launch 4G for Britain as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and our 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise.
“The integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks has already given our customers the widest 3G coverage in the UK – and I am pleased to say that with our advanced HSPA+ roll out they will also benefit from the fastest.
“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. 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.”
This year we’ve seen the launch of 4G phones such as the LG Spectrum – a great looking phone which will never see the light of day over here. Pending the Ofcom consultation on allocation of future spectrum – due to take place this year – we won’t be seeing 4G phones getting simultaneous UK and US releases for a good couple of years yet.
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