4G put to the test

 

Rory puts 4G to a speed test

As I predicted, peace has broken out in the 4G wars that have pitched the operators against Ofcom. The deal unveiled by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller on Tuesday night should see all the operators offering 4G by next summer.

But in the short term, EE - the owner of Orange and T-Mobile - will have the field to itself.

I got the chance to test its 4G network against an existing 3G service. Obviously this isn't at all fair - 4G with a couple of journalists using it should do much better than 3G crammed with thousands of users. Watch the test to get a flavour of what we can expect from the new technology.

 
Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent

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    Comment number 21.

    The 4G phone companies are talking about at the minute is vastly slower than the real 4G standard. When they start talking about actual 4G speeds, i'll start to listen, until then 3.5G will do me fine

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    Comment number 20.

    I'd be pleased to get 3G.....though my city is one of the EE test areas for early 4G. It'll be novel to have 4G before I can get 3G. Don't think it'll change my world, with max landline BB download speeds of less than 5 and upload speeds of 0.5 mbps

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    Comment number 19.

    @Megan (#8) You might be able to do that. Some of us have no choice over what, where and when we have to download stuff for business purposes.

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    Comment number 18.

    I think I'll bypass 4G and wait for 5G

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    Comment number 17.

    Why is it that stupid people buy smartphones?

    A fool with a tool is still a fool.

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    Comment number 16.

    7 starryeyed and laughing

    To be fair to Rory and his Auntie, there have been plenty of articles on this blog in the past about poor 2G and 3G coverage. I'm unlikely to get 4G in the near future either - it's only recently that I moved to a house where I could send a text without waving my arm out of the window - but I don't expect the BBC to tailor every article to my specific situation.

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    Comment number 15.

    5. Isitonlyme
    "And again the Govt makes oodles of cash by flogging off the licences for oscene amounts of money..."

    They have to get their election tax bribes from somewhere...

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    Comment number 14.

    Poor 2/3G signal is a terrible reason to decry 4G. Done properly, the spectrum auction could allow frequency better suited to long-range transmission being better utilised in areas that previously went without.
    Naysayers wish to hinder advancement with little consideration for the greater good. Just because it's of no interest you, doesn't mean it isn't of great use to others, or the economy.

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    Comment number 13.

    It's about time we invested in 4G Tech, We fall so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to download speeds. further more if all you ever use tech for calls/texts this story means nothing to you, for the world of business the ability of communication and viewing data hungry files changes the world we work in. To save 5 mins downloading a tender can make all the difference on deadline day

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    Comment number 12.

    7.starryeyed and laughing
    12 Minutes ago
    Considering that I along with a lot of other people can’t get any sort of signal at all, it is just another example of the BBC pandering to the large areas of population.

    I thought that the first B in BBC stood for British
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    That view has long since vanished, as the EBC has steadily taken control. Since when has cricket been national news etc.

  • Comment number 11.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 10.

    So we can get texts a wee bit quicker, video streaming that much faster - wow. Forget any of the more important things we could be addressing as my phone is quicker than your phone - pathetic!

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    Comment number 9.

    Everything Everywhere*

    *London, Birmingham & Manchester.

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    Comment number 8.

    My mobile does 3 things and those well: makes/receives phone calls, sat-nav and e-book reader. If I want to do anything else, I'd rather be curled up at my computer...

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    Comment number 7.

    Considering that I along with a lot of other people can’t get any sort of signal at all, it is just another example of the BBC pandering to the large areas of population.

    I thought that the first B in BBC stood for British

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    Comment number 6.

    Comment number 4. Bradford
    "How about a HYS on medical tourism BBC? Too controversial ?"

    The BBC doesn't like the NHS being discussed as it reflects too negatively on their own stance towards it. Couple that with the obvious immigration tone that a health tourism debate would entail, and I can't imagine the BBC having the sack to open it to a public forum.

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    Comment number 5.

    And again the Govt makes oodles of cash by flogging off the licences for oscene amounts of money...Mind you it might help make up for the tax they are losing, from your reported decline in petrol sales...

    Could we have more HYS on topics that are more relevant to more people BBC?

    By the way, my 3G works fine thanks.

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    Comment number 4.

    How about a HYS on medical tourism BBC? Too controversial ?

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    Comment number 3.

    It'll probably appeal more to newcomers than us older hands who try to anticipate and not need the speeds of high-frequency traders! As I can't imagine myself streaming film or music down to a mobile device it won't be relevant. There are those who now depend on technology and could take advantage of speed. Fine. But don't let's make a birth-pains-type soap out of it!

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    Comment number 2.

    I am lucky with where I live because on Three's 3G I get 10-15mbps downloads and 2-3mbps uploads. This is faster than the ADSL I have from Talk-Talk.

    I am looking forward to the speed improvements 4G will provide but as I already get relatively fast speeds I am not sure that it will change how I use it much.

 

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