While you guys in the United States have a whole range of LTE Android devices to choose from, in the UK we're still a long way from the point of getting LTE at all. An on-going trial being run in Cornwall by BT and Everything Everywhere (Orange UK and T-Mobile) is now set to extend until Summer 2012.

Rival network O2 is currently trialling the technology in London, but this scheme is aimed more towards proving high speed broadband is possible in more remote areas. Currently users involved in the trial are seeing average download speeds of 7 Mbps. While this may not sound overly impressive, it's faster than some fixed broadband connections in these parts of the UK. 

The overall importance lies in the technology though. According to Ofcom, the regulator for communications industries in the UK, we aren't to expect widespread LTE on these shores until 2015 with an initial rollout beginning throughout 2013/14. Whether it arrives at all depends on the required spectrum auction, which has already been postponed until 2013. Looks like we're in for a long wait but at least the networks are still committed to developing the technology before we get to that point. 

Source: CNET UK


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UK Everything Everywhere and BT LTE trial extended until Summer 2012


is this "LTE" all the same thing and the same standard? in other words are we working on a GLOBAL LTE standard where the entire world will be on the same system for LTE and beyond? (unlike GSM, CDMA, etc.) or does everyone have a different flavor of "LTE".

i dream of a world where all carriers in the world have reciprocal agreements and no matter where you are in the world you are covered.

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Its not always the technology its often the radiobands each country uses based on the radiobands that are already established for public services that govern the frequencies that are bid upon for cell use...

or something like that.

Anyway the system of localising people to carriers and country's is never going to be changed in our lifetime.