Faster and cheaper 4G on the way

Here’s some good news - 4G mobile internet is set to become faster and cheaper after the telecoms regulator Ofcom announced plans to free up bandwidth. Don’t get too excited yet though as the improvement in service might not be fully implemented for mobiles until 2022.

The change will be made possible by allowing mobile providers to use frequencies presently restricted for use by wireless microphones and digital terrestrial TV services.

While this is some way off, Ofcom's revealed that mobile network operators may be able to take advantage of the change two years earlier than planned if everything goes smoothly. Work will begin immediately to implement the changes, which Ofcom believes will "bring considerable benefits to citizens and consumers."

Our very own Dominic Baliszewski, telecoms expert at broadbandchoices, added: "The decision to free up more frequencies for mobile broadband is a bit like opening a new lane on a busy motorway for certain types of traffic - this will mean more capacity and better speeds."

"This announcement will be of particularly good news to people in rural areas. The 700Mhz band is better at passing through walls and can travel further than other frequencies."

Ofcom also assured digital terrestrial TV viewers that they have no need to worry about the plans. The regulator confirmed that Youview and Freeview will be unaffected and that consumers will not require new equipment to watch the telly.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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