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O2 reports 150Mbit/s on 4G trial

Broadband rivaling speed coming next year
Wed Apr 18 2012, 12:34

UK MOBILE NETWORK O2 has outed the first results of its 4G trial, revealing that it's getting speeds of up to 150Mbit/s over its connections.

O2 has been testing 4G in London since December, giving 1,000 people access to its high-speed connection in order to gain enough feedback to make its 4G service live by 2013.

The mobile operator has revealed that so far it's getting speeds of up to 150Mbit/s, although the average user testing the connection is receiving between 20Mbit/s and 50Mbit/s. O2 is also claiming that a 40MB file can be downloaded in "a matter of seconds," around 20 times faster than on a 3G connection.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK, which is O2, said, "The forthcoming spectrum auction is a watershed moment for the UK mobile industry, releasing the airwaves that will power a whole range of exciting next generation mobile services."

"The new spectrum will increase capacity, quality and speed (we estimate that mobile broadband capacity will increase by 20 to 40 times from today's levels), and will allow us to deliver true connectivity through a suite of innovative digital services, that work seamlessly and at speed for the benefit of consumers, business and UK plc."

Unless UK mobile operator Three gets its way, we should get our mitts on 4G mobile speeds next year. µ


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