In a move set to excite Northeastern lovers of technology and fast browsing, Newcastle has been chosen as one of the first UK cities to receive fourth generation wireless coverage, with the initial roll-out due in time for Newcastle Christmas party season. The new 4G capability will mean faster mobile internet, improved coverage in rural areas and indoors.
EE, the company that owns both Orange and T-Mobile, is set to make the technology available to over 20 million people in 16 cities across the UK with the first phase of roll-outs, set to take place at the end of this year. Other cities due to take advantage of the move are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.
But it won’t please everyone, as the technology will only be available on certain devices (not including the hugely popular iPhone 4) and to certain network providers. Vodafone and O2 will have to wait until next year to roll-out their 4G services as they don’t have enough spare network capacity, leading them to threaten legal action with the regulator Ofcom.
The capabilities of 4G are pretty mindblowing it has to be said. Users will be able to download an album up to twenty times faster than over 3G and internet browsing will be around five times faster, moving ever closer to the holy grail of ‘real time’ browsing.
Germany and France have already completed their 4G roll-outs and there were fears that Britain would get left behind but the announcement by EE last week is sure to give people hope for a future-ready nation.
We here at Eventa are certainly looking forward to the day when we can click on our favourite Christmas party page and don’t have to wait a few seconds for the colourful packages to appear on our screens! Are you?