We all know what 4G does, but here are a few facts that you may not know…
The network is growing, fast!
Vodafone 4G is now live in over 420 towns and cities in the UK, with Brighton and Cardiff being two of the latest to go live, plus O2 and Vodafone have joined forces and started sharing masts for an even faster roll-out. EE state 80% of the population is covered under their network, with 510 towns and cities covered.
Full 4G coverage by the end of this year?
Ofcom regulations require all UK mobile operators to provide a 4G service to 95% of the country and 98% of the population by 2017. The networks themselves expect this to be achieved by the end of 2015.
How much data do you need?
Streaming music at 360kbps from your phone uses approx 2.4MB per minute, 144MB per hour. You’ll also use 2MB every time you check Twitter. 5MB to upload a photo and 1MB per viewed web page. Email only uses a few KBs, although it can much more if downloading huge files or pictures.*
5G is in the pipeline
5G is already being tested here in the UK. Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre have successfully tested 5G and reached speeds of 1 terabit per second (Tbps), thousands of times faster than current data connections! Ofcom state that 5G could be available in the UK by 2020.**
Lower frequency, better coverage
Because 4G works at a lower frequency (800Mhz) than 2G and 3G, it can penetrate walls and building better, providing a better all round coverage.