No 4G in the UK until 2014

January 25, 2011, By Christian Cawley

This one is going to grate – not to mention get drawn out for a long time. Top UK mobile network o2 have announced that the UK us unlikely to get a 4G network before 2010, citing “years rather than months” before the technology is rolled out across the country.

4G delay in the UK

With 4G-shaped silence from Vodafone and Orange/T-Mobile, the news that British users will be unable to take advantage of a new generation of mobile devices isn’t going to go down well – but in fairness it should help to reduce the price of hardware over the next 3-4 years.

After all, if 4G handsets are shipping for the equivalent of £400 in the USA, they should be a bit less than this with 3G radios, right?

It’s unlikely of course, but it’s one that UK users will have to sit out. The main problem seems to be the available frequencies nationwide; while O2 have been able to perform limited (albeit successful) testing in some areas, the telecoms regulator Ofcom isn’t auctioning off the required frequencies for over 12 months.

Thankfully it isn’t all bad news, however – o2 are expecting their network to be able to adopt almost painlessly to the new hi-speed mobile internet standard when it becomes available in 2014.

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