O2 4G trial in London achieving speeds of up to 150Mbps


Results comparable to the fastest home landline connections, with regular speeds of between 20-50Mbps over 20 times faster than 3G

O2’s 4G trial in London is achieving speeds of up to 150MBps. This is comparable to the fastest home landline connections, according to the operator.

Speeds of between 20-50Mbps have regularly been experienced, which is over 20 times faster than 3G.

The trial has also found that 40MB files can be downloaded in a matter of seconds, which O2 said would revolutionise cloud-based services for businesses.

Most active trial members have been using 200GB a month using a Samsung dongle or personal Mi-Fi hotspot.

Last December O2 launched the first 4G trial in central London. It includes 25 sites and covers an area of 40 square kilometres, stretching from Hyde Park to Canary Wharf and The O2, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

Around 1,000 business and and consumer mobile broadband customers were invited to participate.

The trial is using the 2.6GHz spectrum band under a Test and Development licence granted to O2 by Ofcom.

Technology used in the trial includes Samsung B3730 mobile broadband dongles, supporting speeds of up to 100Mbps, with equipment supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks.

O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: “The forthcoming spectrum auction is a watershed moment for the UK mobile industry, releasing the airwaves that will power a whole range of exciting next generation mobile services.

“The new spectrum will increase capacity, quality and speed (we estimate that mobile broadband capacity will increase by 20 to 40 times from today’s levels), and will allow us to deliver true connectivity through a suite of innovative digital services, that work seamlessly and at speed for the benefit of consumers, businesses and UK plc.”