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UK Broadband launches the UK's first 4G network

29 February 2012

UK Broadband has become the first operator to launch commercial 4G services in the UK by deploying a 4G network in London.  UK Broadband plans to extend 4G coverage to Reading, Swindon and Scunthorpe in the future.

UK Broadband is a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) that provides services to professional users such as commercial businesses, the Emergency Services and District Councils.  The UK Broadband network can be used to deliver internet access in its own right, or as a backup to improve resilience.

UK Broadband has two, 20 MHz blocks of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band: 3.48 GHz to 3.50 GHz and 3.58 GHz to 3.60 GHz. Both of these allocations fall within E-UTRA band number XLII (42) which is defined for use by Time Division Duplex (TDD) technology.  E-UTRA band XLII is not harmonised across Europe and so it may be a couple of years before consumer devices are able to access this spectrum.

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