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Analogue switch off furthers 4G timetable


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Ofcom announced yesterday that the UK switchover to digital television is complete, and have confirmed that the 800MHz wireless spectrum is now freed up for use by the 4G network. Ofcom chief Ed Richards said, “The UK’s switchover to digital has been a huge success. Not only has it created more TV choice for consumers, it has also freed up vital capacity that will be used to deliver mobile broadband services to 98 percent of cities, towns and villages across the UK. Now that switchover is complete, Ofcom is looking forward to delivering the 4G auction as the next step in delivering new higher speed mobile broadband services.”

4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone communication standards. Faster than previous mobile broadband and built specifically with voice in mind unlike the previous generations of mobile data networks, the move from 3G to 4G services paves the way for more content for mobile devices, with more apps, and a richer mobile application experience.

What does this mean for consumers? This will lead to increased productivity, with better access to wireless technologies at home, in the office and on the go. 4G means that users have broadband everywhere. Users have access to their office computers at home or on the train with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. My previous blog looks at remote working, so I don’t need to go into more details here. The 4G network means that this idea is another step closer.



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