2/29/2012 4:49:45 PM
UK Broadband goes live with 'first' 4G service
Wireless company UK Broadband has gone live with a 4G system in London, which it claims is the first commercial LTE service.
The firm is using Huawei to deliver 4G and is operating the service in the South Bank and Borough areas of central London. It said it will operate a wholesale model, delivering commercial services from May 2012 to businesses, consumers and the public sector.
It operates using 6x20MHz tranches of spectrum on the 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz bands. UK Broadband said this was sufficient to 'deliver LTE Advanced speeds and enough capacity across the network to deliver next generation access and superfast broadband speeds to a large number of users simultaneously'.
However, the launch intially supports high-speed broadband with multi-mode mobile devices expected to come online by September 2012.
UK Broadband CEO Nicholas James [pictured] said: 'We’re very excited to be switching on our first TD-LTE system in the UK using our 4G spectrum. We’re working with Huawei because we believe they have the expertise and experience we need to deliver the best solution.'