UK Mobile Broadband Speed not Optimum Yet; Still in the Dark Ages

September 30, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you live in the UK and think that you can watch Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and many others win gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics while on the move, well, this is pretty disappointing.

With the Olympics just nine months away, the UK’s mobile broadband 3G speeds are still in the dark ages.

A study by the Broadband Genie has revealed that average mobile broadband speeds are still around 1-2Mb across the board for all of the UK’s leading providers, which is too slow to be able to stream video or use video chat reliably.

This shows a very small increase from last year’s figures, with only 3 mobile and O2 making significant speed gains. O2 is the fastest overall at close to 2Mb.

Dubbing the situation as pathetic, Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said that while everyone from America to Australia, including most of Europe are getting on with auctions or even deploying the technology now, we’re still playing politics.

The mobile broadband companies in the UK have failed to realize the full potential of the 3G network, mainly because of the advent of 4G technology. Olympics could have been a perfect target for UK to get their 4G services up and running.

But the 4G spectrum war between Ofcom and the broadband providers ensure that the 4G mobile broadband will not be in place for the Olympics.

Marling said that anyone coming here next year will find a fourth rate network, instead of a 4G one. And that’s before you even get onto the issue of capacity, which 3Mobile has just announced is going to be an issue for it.

 

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