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The Situation With 4G Mobile UK

By Beau Harrold

The whole planet is blanketed by cellular coverage now days, and the coverage is especially good in developed nations. British citizens were among some of the first to have access to 3G networks when these were new nearly a decade ago, but currently are straggling the rest of Europe and North America when it comes to 4G mobile UK. There have been a number of problems relating to the roll-out that have slowed things down.

Polls done in the UK show that a great majority of adults support creating and increasing 4G mobile coverage in more areas. Alluding to matters such as keeping up with trading competition in other parts of the country, 82% of the adults surveyed advocate the creation of new 4G coverage. However, whether the surveyed population were aware of the potential problems involved is uncertain.

4G is normally described as coverage that uses the 800Mhz and 2100Mhz frequency band. 3G networks use a different spectrum. Greater coverage at faster speeds is likely when using 4G technologies at 800Mhz. The trouble is that a lot of other devices use the 800Mhz band or bands close by, and any of these could possibly interfere with each other.

One likely issue relates to television signal boosters. If a 4G tower goes in close by someone with a television signal booster, the signal could be disturbed and that household could fail to get access to free channels. This could have an effect on up to 10% of the population, which is millions of people. Filters that attempt to impede this can be used, but they are not wholly effective.

Pay TV could also be affected in certain occurrences. As these are not free services, the companies would likely adapt and supply the service in some other manner. However, the companies that own the rights to offer paid television are displeased with the idea, and have been leading some serious resistance to the roll-out of 4G in its present form.

One likely option that is being rolled out is to ‘auction off’ the spectrum that is most desired. This has already been done in certain areas, and some proponents of 4G are blaming its slow roll-out on the failure of these auctions. The slow auctioning procedure has been largely caused by delaying tactics from some of the participants, who are apparently trusting the courts to sort things out.

Trials are underway by a number of major UK mobile providers, but they do not use the spectrum that the subject of such intense debate. Some frequencies are better at delivering greater speeds than others, and a few of these frequencies cover further distances and travel through buildings at differing effectiveness. This has caused intense competition for the ‘best’ frequencies.

It appears that 4G will be coming to the UK, but it certainly seems like it’s slow getting here. For now, the big companies are battling it out in a battle of court dates, business deals and auctions. 4G mobile UK may cause a few short-term problems, but most people are for the introduction, which will offer greater capabilities in the long term.

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Harrold, Beau "The Situation With 4G Mobile UK." The Situation With 4G Mobile UK. 5 Nov. 2012. 23 Jul 2014 <>.

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