Mobile coverage has covered the planet now days, especially in developed nations such as the UK. Brits were the first to get 3G networks almost a decade ago, but now they lag behind much of Europe and North America regarding 4G mobile UK. This is not just a matter of getting it done, nonetheless. The troubles with the roll-out of 4G networks have lead to stopping and slowing in the efforts to bring the UK up to speed.
Many people in the UK would like 4G coverage sooner rather than later. In a survey done where over 2000 adults were asked for their opinion on the subject, over 80% of them indicated that they thought 4G coverage should be offered soon. Citing reasons like keeping up with competition in other countries, their views were fairly clear. Nevertheless, the poll did not state whether the people polled knew about the possible problems that new coverage could cause.
Most 4G coverage uses the bandwidth at 800 and 2100Mhz. Older technologies such as 2G and 3G use different bands. The superior combination of speed and distance, along with building penetration of signals, is achieved at 800Mhz. The issue with this is that a lot of other technologies also rely on frequencies around this band, for similar reasons.
One possible issue relates to television signal boosters. If a 4G tower goes in close by someone with a television signal amplifier, the signal could be disrupted and that household could lose all access to free channels. This could have an effect on up to 10% of the population, which is millions of people. Filters that try to prevent this would be used, but they are not wholly effective.
Other potentially impacted services include paid television and digital television, as well. Of course, as these are paid services people are free to switch to other options. Nevertheless, the companies that own these services are not happy with the prospect of being obliged to make significant changes or go out of business, so they have been strong voices against rolling out the present version of 4G.
Some sharing of the spectrum has been realised by auctioning off the preferred wavelengths. Companies that show an interest in utilising them put up capital to ‘own’ the rights to that wavelength. A substantial amount of the competition for 4G airspace has actually been between mobile providers. Some companies appear to be stalling hoping that several in-progress court cases will sort things out.
Trials with 4G are in progress in several cities in the UK by a number of large providers. However, they are not using the discussed frequencies at the moment. The reason that the frequencies are so popular is that they give bigger areas of coverage with less towers, and improved penetration of buildings. Thus, everyone wants the ‘best’ frequencies.
It appears that 4G will be coming to the UK, but it sure seems like it’s slow getting here. For now, the big companies are battling it out in a war of court dates, business deals and auctions. 4G mobile UK may cause a few short-term issues, but most citizens are for the introduction, which will offer greater capabilities in the long term.
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