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EE Announce 4GEE Double Speed 4G Services

EE (Everything Everywhere) the combined networks of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK have announced that users of their 4G network in the UK can now benefit form double speed 4G services.

Until now, the average 4G download speed using the 4GEE network was around 20Mbps which of course was good enough for plenty of customers who were pleased seeing the needle jump into 10-25Mbps download speeds when performing their 4G Speed Tests but now these users could expect to see their download speeds double and can see download speed up to 50Mbps.

One example of a successful 4G speed test is the one carried out by Westlake Communications who tested the new Proroute H685 4G router which uses the latest 4G LTE QMI technology to deliver the fastest speed in a 4G router available in the UK.  Tested in their Romford offices, Westlake used a standard EE 4G SIM Card and got download speeds of 45Mbps.

You can view details of the 4G Speed Test by visiting www.westlake.co.uk or their dedicated 3G and 4G router store which offers the proroute 4G router range at www.3grouterstore.co.uk.

EE 4G

EE on top for data performance in Manchester, report shows

A report created by RootMetrics has shown that in Manchester, EE is currently offering the best data performance of all the major networks.

V3.co.uk cited the results, adding that despite its impressive data performance, EE is still being pipped to the post by O2 and Three when it comes to call performance.

Over 30,000 scientific tests were undertaken in the area to collate the findings, which showed that EE and its 4G signal is streets ahead; with speeds faster than any others on offer. While it offers a download speed of 15.2 mbps (megabits per second) and an upload speed of 9.4 mbps, the likes of O2 can only reach 1.5 mbps on uploads. Likewise, Three is crawling behind at 1.9 mbps.

RootMetrics’ director of international marketing, Jeremy Kuhn, commented: “4G is really doing quite well and it’s great to see that, as we want to see consumers getting a better service.”

Despite the great results, yesterday (May 20th), EE was forced to acknowledge an outage of its service throughout the UK. Many of its 4G sim users were left without a 4G signal for much of the day, pcpro.co.uk reports, with a ‘PDP authentication failure’ to blame.

Many upset customers took to Twitter to voice their anger over the situation, although were made even angrier by the fact that EE didn’t seem to reply to their tweets. One Twitter user said: “How long before we get data back on your network? No data signal since around 10am. That’s a lot of money to be paying for a 2G service.”

The best performance results on the EE network were obtained using embedded 3G and 4G routers that let you insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot of the router and connect multiple devices.  When used with a high gain, full band antenna for optimum signal reception users were able to achieve 4G download speeds of around 40Mbps.

2N Speedroute 4G LTE Router – Get Ready For 4G

The UK is getting high speed 4G wireless broadband and Everything Everywhere (EE) – owner of Orange and T-Mobile will be the first UK mobile provider to roll out 4G LTE services.  in order to take advantage of this new hiogh speed 4G service you will need an LTE compatible device, either a 4G LTE Phone or 4G LTE Smartphone or for a computer user you might want to use a 4G Modem to provide a 4G internet connetion for your laptop or PC.

2N Speedroute 4G LTE Router

If you want to really take advantage of the new high speed 4G service for several computers then you might want to consider a 4G LTE Router like the 2N Speedroute.  This is a 4G Router that will work with the new LTE 4G Services as well as working with the existing 3G services such as DC HSPA+ (Up To 42Mbps), HSPA+ (Up To 21Mbps) and HSPA (Up To 7.2Mbps).  this means that if you have not yet got 4G Internet then you could install the 2N Speedroute 4G LTE Router safe in the knowledge that when 4G is available you can upgrade to your chosen 4G LTE service provider and start using the higher speed 4G Internet service.

The 2N Speedroute is priced at £345.00 and is available for next working day delivery in the UK from the 4G Router Store.

 

The 2N Speedroute 4G Router will provide both wired and wireless ALN connectivity so you can connect your compauters, games consoles, IP Cameras, tablets, smartphones and televisions.  In fact anything that you would normally connect to a normal wired broadband router can be connected to the 2N Speedroute 4G Router.

 

iPhone 5 Release Date – 12th September 2012

The Apple iPhone 5 will be with us in the next few days and we can anticipate the usual rush for Apple fans to get their hands on this latest version of the popular smartphone.  Long queues outside Apple Stores and the endless quest online searching for the best mobile phone network plan to reduce the initial cost of owning this desirable smartphone.

However, this year you will now be able to get lightning fast 4G LTE services on your iPhone 5 because Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) have also launched their 4G LTE network in the UK offering download speeds up to 25Mbps using their 1800Mhz spectrum.  This means that when you are choosing your iPhone 5 4G LTE service provider then Orange and T-Mobile are going to be the networks of choice, leaving O2 and Vodafone loyalists with ‘slow’ 3G connectivity.  Will this perfect timing of 4G LTE network upgrade and the launch of the iPhone 5 LTE create a perfect storm for the UK mobile phone operators and users with a swing towards Orange and T-Mobile as the leading UK mobile phone operator, burgeoning their already huge customer base of over 28 million customers?

Like any 3G or 4G technology, the speed available using the new 4G LTE network with your 4G LTE Phone will depend upon the distance to the tower and the number of connected users downloading content at the same time.  In the USA, many users of Verizon’s 4G LTE Network report an average download speed of only 8Mbps which many users of existing 3G HSPA+ technology in the UK already report so 4G LTE may only offer slightly higher average data speeds.

Whilst this is all good new for the iphone 5 launch and the launch of the new 4G LTE Network, lets not forget that that high speed 4G LTE service could also be used to provide internet for the home and in recent 4G LTE trials using a 4G LTE modem (4G Dongle) users found that they could get a high speed mobile broadband connection which means that the 4G LTE Network needs new 4G hardware in the form a an LTE Router to enable users to insert their 4G LTE SIM Card into the router to get high speed mobile broadband to share in their home or business or a 4G LTE Travel Router to enjoy high speed mobile broadband on the go.

EXTENDING 4G MOBILE COVERAGE

A proposed ‘special condition” that will be attached to the auction of 800MHz airwaves freed up as the UK switches from analogue to digital TV – the so called “digital dividend- – in order to promote competition and make 4th Generation (4G) mobile spectrum available even in areas where there is little or no commercial incentive, has been published for consultation by Ofcom.

In a March 2011 consultation,  Ofcom proposed that a special condition attached to one of the 800MHz licences would oblige the holder to roll out a 4G network to at least 95% of the UK population. Following the government’s October decision to spend £150m providing infrastructure capable of supporting  4G coverage in so-called ‘not-spots’, Ofcom now proposes extending  this condition either to require 98% coverage of the UK population or to require one 800MHz operator to provide 4G coverage that not only matches 2G coverage, but extends into the ‘not-spot’ areas.

Second consultation on assessment of future mobile competition and proposals for the award of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum and related issues’ is available at http://tinyurl.com/Wzlnf-6hl45

4G and TV

What has Digital TV got to do with 4G Mobile?

Well, it is in fact very closely linked and it’s critical that the Digital TV Switchover we are all hearing so much about these last years goes ahead completely in 2012. The Government and broadcasters have been working hard for the last 10 years on making sure we are all moved off the old analogue delivery method and onto Digital. Most people have a DigiBox or it built into our TV sets and the final furlong is in sight now.

But have you asked why? Sure, it seems obvious that the signal quality will be better with HD channels being broadcast and new transmission techniques and more channels on Freeview but there is much more to it than that.

The radio waves in the UK are very busy and have been for some time. We all watch TV, listen to the radio, use our Mobiles and use a host of other wireless devices from WiFi to remote keys for cars and doors. All of this needs to operate within a known frequency band whether it is a licensed or unlicensed frequency band. Be very afraid if you start to interfere with some other electrical function or critical service – you may have the RA (Radio Agency) to deal with! To do a serious explanation of UK frequency spectrum would take a PhD thesis but the critical factor in all of this movement from Analogue TV to Digital TV is to free up the airwaves to launch 4Generation Mobile Broadband services.

It now transpires that this will not be all smooth running and that there will be some interference at the cross over points in the frequencies, particularly around 800MHz. Practically this is going to mean that whoever wins the licenses to operate 4G services is going to have to find some solution to delivering the broadcast services free from interference. This might involve using filters; it might involve paying for a satellite or cable service to those homes affected.

But why would you do that when you are building a super fast mobile network capable of delivering rich media content particularly video? Surely the technology will allow for a facility to deliver to individual homes; after all it is designed to run up to 1GBit/s to a static location. What remains to be seen is will it be economical to do so if a large number of homes have to be guaranteed a broadcast service above and beyond the other mobile connections that will be demanding rich media services.

The long road from Analogue to 4G mobile

From then to now?

Many many years ago when the yuppie hoard roamed the western world there came a really useful form of communications in the form of a portable phone. Portable was the description but it was more akin to ‘luggable’ and came in the form of a small suitcase or brief case connected to a car battery or similar. At the time they were the rich business man’s toy and remained so for some time with the key advantage being that you could tell your wife that you were on the way home and to put the dinner on! How things have changed over the last 25 years!

Analogue technology was very quickly replaced by Digital at the beginning of the 90’s and GSM was born. This was a natural evolution from a specification that was developed in the Nordic countries called NMT (Nordic Mobile Telecommunications). It was such a good fit that it became the major template for the new standard although the operating frequencies necessarily had to change. Operating frequencies and their availability remains a major theme of all development discussion in this space to this day and is likely to always remain so. Incidentally, this left two major telecoms vendors in a remarkably good position to supply the world with mobile terminals and Nokia and Ericsson started to clean up with one company becoming almost preeminent for the whole of the 90’s and even into the 00’s. But, as Nokia now know, nothing can ever be taken for granted.

What grew up behind this development was a battle between Europe /Asia and the USA and Japan. The major market developed in Europe and Asia and the USA lagged behind. Japan managed to maintain a considerable growth and innovation with their standards approach but it had little to do with the rest of the world and just made it a difficult market to enter for western suppliers. This is a whole historical piece on its own but is really just an interesting subject conversation and considered opinions as to how this period became so complicated.

Things are much clearer now however, or are they? Now we are heading through the 3G period, with 2G almost forgotten, (although used by us all on a daily basis) and with many improvements being layered on top of the old standard. Now we see HSPA in its two main varieties HSDPA and HSUPA, the D and the U in both cases standing for Download and Upload. These services provide High Speed access to mobile at and around fixed broadband speeds where network is available.

We are now moving slowly towards 4G and LTE services and these are expected in the UK in 2013 if all goes to plan. Briefly, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is a subset of the overall 4G standard. As usual, there are standards, and there are standards; which leaves some confusion. The major hardware vendors are all rushing to get their interpretation of the ‘standard’ out there and working to prove a point and accelerate growth. Certain parts of Scandinavia, USA and Arabia are already starting to offer trial services although the terminals are not in the mass market yet.  The consideration of these standards and services requires considerable explanation but for now, let’s have a look at the quantum jump in speeds we can expect in the future if all works out perfectly – which it won’t!

 

 

Data   speeds  –  LTE   Advanced

Peak Download 1 Gbit/s
Peak Upload 500 Mbit/s

 

Data   speeds  –  LTE

 

 
Peak Download 100 Mbit/s
Peak Upload 50 Mbit/s

The Road to 4G services

What is the situation with 4G services in the UK and what are we really waiting for?

UK users are going to have to wait a bit longer for 4G as the auctions for providing services is scheduled for late 2012 with first launch only possible in 2013 although this would appear impractical.

But what are we really waiting for?

3G services have rolled into 3.5G services and even 3.9G services, which are not standards as such but variations on the theme of the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) release schedule. These mid services primarily support HSDPA and HSUPA High Speed Download Packet Access and High Speed Upload Packet Access , The download offering promises speeds towards the terminal of 1.8, 3.6, 7.2 and 14.0Megabit/s. This is not a symmetrical offering and the upload speed is offering a new bearer of 384 kbit/s. The previous maximum bearer was 128 kbit/s. HSUPA or the HSPA offers up-link speeds of up to 5.76 Mbit/s. The name HSUPA was created incidentally by Nokia.

However, this is an ideal view of the world and in practice the speeds achieved are woefully short of this but let’s keep the view ‘blue sky’ for the moment.

In summary, 4G or 4TH Generation services offer a Peak data rates of up to 100 Mbit/s for high mobility and up to approximately 1 Gbit/s for low mobility such as local wireless access. Then it starts to get really very technical as to how this quantum leap in speeds is achieved with super efficient frequency modulation and various advanced radio techniques but maybe we will come back to this at a later date to try to unravel what it is and why it can promise so much. Further analysis is also required of the industry politics the other challenges in providing these super fast access speeds which 10 years ago would have been unthinkable. The bottle neck is going to move out of the access interface and into the core network and that is going to be a considerable challenge to the mobile operators as up until now they could blame everything else for slow response. There is a way to go yet for terminal and network, but as we always say, it can only get better in the future and the future is….well yes, yet to be discovered.

LTE Forum

There is a new LTE Forum available for users to discuss all elements of LTE Long Term Evolution, including LTE Network, LTE Router, LTE Phone, LTE Hardware, LTE suppliers and LTE Applications.

The new LTE Forum is open for all users.

 

AT&T and Option introduce 4G connection kit for Emerging Device Developers

Network-Ready Certified 4G Module and Streamlined Integration Tools Speed Development Cycle and Time to Market for New Consumer and M2M Solutions

AT&T and Option, the wireless technology company, today announced a new AT&T Connection Kit for emerging device developers, the first featuring a 4G (HSPA+) module. The industry leading AT&T Connection Kit program provides the tools and environment necessary to streamline device development and optimize performance on the AT&T network.

The newest connection kit leverages Option’s LGA module GTM601 and will help fast track the certification cycle for device developers seeking to introduce new 4G connected devices. This second-generation LGA module is an ideal solution for integration in small consumer electronics devices or broadband M2M applications.

Key features of the GTM601 module include:

  • LGA (Land Grid Array) design allowing a very slim product — 26.8 mm by 31.8 mm by only 2 mm thin — with excellent heat dissipation, enabling 4G connectivity in super-thin form factors without sacrificing feature completeness or robustness.
  • Worldwide compatibility — support for GSM/HSPA/HSPA+ in the world’s most widely used spectrum bands, assuring 4G broadband speeds and 2G/2.5G worldwide connectivity.
  • Plug-and-play software libraries are available for the most popular mobile platforms. For Android-based devices Option offers a RIL, GPS HAL and Audio HAL, for Windows CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5 a RIL and GPS driver can be provided.
  • Reliable GPS and GLONASS support for applications that require worldwide location information.

The AT&T Connection Kit featuring the Option module also includes AT&T SIM cards, data capacity for testing, access to AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless, and best practice guidelines to bring approved devices to market faster than ever before.

The AT&T Connection Kit with Option’s 4G module builds on the existing AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developer program available through the dedicated AT&T emerging devices web site. To learn more about AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization or to see the additional Connection Kit options, please visit www.att.com/edo.

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