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.

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    Comment number 41.

    Any tips on getting my 2009 Nokia 7710 to work on 4G? Perhaps I will have to keep waiting for a manufacturer to produce a phone the equal.

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    Comment number 40.

    Hey,to the guys here who don't think rural areas have any right to any kind of mobile,3G or 4G reception - I hope your car breaks down in mid winter in a blizzard in the wilds and you have to trudge through the snow to get to a farmhouse with a landline telephone. Then you might understand the benefits of living in a society where we help and do stuff for each other,and all benefit,not just some.

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    Comment number 39.

    The Americans called a space probe 100,000,000 miles away and got a reply.
    If you life in part of the Yorkshire Dales, you cannot even phone an ambulance.(coverage is the excuse).
    Will anything change with 4G, or are swathes of the public goingto have to get used to substandard service and treatment as the civil servants, (following orders),continue to commit to something they have NO IDEA about?

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    Comment number 38.

    ha! Pipedreams for large chunks of rural Britain that can hardly get a decent mobile signal never mind 3G. No doubt 4G won't ever be available where I live either. Isn't it about time the government insisted on some kind of basic universal wireless coverage in Britain? Never mind excuses about 'lack of economic viability' which private companies always bleat - a public service should be provided

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    Comment number 37.

    No thanks. I manage quite well with old tecnology...a landline!

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    Comment number 36.

    What will the Government do with the £millions from the sale of 4G licenses?

    Will they give us all some money back to help pay for the set-top boxes that we were forced to buy for the digital revolution? - which incidently -still doesn't work properly in Cambridge!

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    Comment number 35.

    At a time when everyone is feeling the pinch, surely someone in the Government should have realised that the cost to individuals of replacing analogue equipment far exceeds the amount likely to be raised through the 4G auctions.

    All that spending power, that could have been spent on other things, is now tied up in expensive digital equipment in every home in the land.

    You couldn't make it up.

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    Comment number 34.

    Have to admit that is is news, can't help feeling a bit sad about it.

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    Comment number 33.

    Yet another case of the "have's" getting more and the "have not's" getting left out. I can't even get 3G or even "real" broadband. But as long as the big cities get what they want that's ok. How about getting ordinary broadband to the rest of us first!!

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    Comment number 32.

    27.Miss Ingoff

    "...You can't really blame them for doing all they can to peddle..."


    Indeed not. However, I don't approve of the BBC using my licence fee to give free advertising, nay, brainwashing, on behalf of these private, for profit outfits.

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    Comment number 31.


    Move to one of those cities then, or better still, stop crying about it.

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    Comment number 30.


    It is such a shame that sacrcasm doesn't over as well as it could in type only, with no tone of voice to convey the person's real meaning...!!!

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    Comment number 29.

    The iPad will not update iTune apps with BT Broadband but it would update tethered to my Samsung Galaxy S2 using Android.
    There's a story for you!
    IOS6 is having more than map trouble!

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    Comment number 28.

    Gee wizz, I can now tell everyone I'm on the platform (stop, now on the train) so much faster. What will I do with that extra milli-second of time?

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    Comment number 27.

    23 Eddy from Waring

    The likes of you and me may be many in number, but we're not worth a light to the mobile phone companies - a few quid a month for calls and texts, and maybe a new handset once in a blue moon. You can't really blame them for doing all they can to peddle the latest technology to those who want it and are prepared to shell out a premium for it.

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    Comment number 26.

    Here's one for your technology man!
    Try getting his iPad to update apps from iTunes after the IOS6 upgrade!
    Then I'll worry about 4G!

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    Comment number 25.

    I have a 3G phone issued by work. Nokia E5. Buttons and screen is too small and even texts are illegible without my reading glasses. I haven't even set it up to connect to the internet because the manual is 3 times bigger than the phone and I still couldn't see anything on the screen. I won't pay my own money to upgrade something I don't find useful. I can't see 4G improving that situation much.

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    Comment number 24.

    So 4G will give those in select cities that already have 3G even faster speed. Meanwhile those of us who live outside cities with 2G and often no signal, and no high speed broadband get... erm.... nothing. Another triumph for the digital divide.

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    Comment number 23.

    Like many, I make a few calls, send some texts and take the odd pic. I even use the web now and then, when I've found somewhere to sit that's not too bright, and have put my reading glasses on.

    How's this going to affect me and the many like me in any significant way?

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    Comment number 22.

    Surely having broadband is a bigger technical equality issue than whether my 4G is better than the 3G


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