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UK’s first 4G network goes live today

In Swindon of all places
Mon Oct 08 2012, 10:52
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THE FIRST 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in the UK has gone live today, and in Swindon of all places.

Beating EE's 4G service to the punch, UK Broadband started rolling out LTE connectivity today to residents and businesses in Swindon, Southwark and Reading. The high-speed service will be offered as an alternative to fixed-line home and business broadband, and is tipped to offer download speeds of 40Mbit/s.

UK Broadband CEO Nicholas James said, "We are really excited to offer residents and businesses in these areas a unique opportunity to enjoy 4G speeds using our wireless networks."

"Our services offer a truly flexible, hassle free alternative to fixed line broadband services - whether it's at home, work or a customer WiFi solution."

Garry Perkins, Swindon borough council cabinet member for regeneration and culture added, "I am really excited that residents, businesses and the public sector in Swindon are now in a position to start enjoying the benefits of both superfast 4G wireless broadband and ultrafast broadband connections.

"Swindon has always been a great place to do business and we believe this new network will give our economy a major boost. Existing firms will have the chance to operate more flexibly, while we hope the 4G LTE technology will also attract new companies into Swindon."

Brits who don't live in Swindon, Southwark or Reading will be able to get their mitts on 4G LTE from 30 October, when EE launches its 4G LTE network. µ


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