Carrier will likely wait for compatible iPhone

Vodafone UK will wait until September to launch its 4G LTE services, according to reports. British national newspaper The Guardian reports that Voda will miss the originally-targeted summer launch window for its LTE network, which runs on 800MHz and 2600MHz airwaves purchased as part of the recent 4G spectrum auction.

The Guardian quotes Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao as saying "We want to be able to launch it when it's really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching it." That likely means the operator is waiting for refreshed iPhone hardware from Apple. The current iPhone 5 model sold in Europe supports LTE on 1800MHz, the frequencies used by rival EE, but not the 800MHz and 2600MHz that Vodafone will be using. (Most 4G Android phones sold in the UK support all three bands.)

As for rival networks, O2 is said to be targeting summer "at the earliest" for its 4G switch-on. Three UK has built its "Ultrafast" brand around DC-HSDPA and its upcoming LTE offering, but says it's in "no rush" to launch the latter, which it's currently targeting for switch-on in Q4.

Source: The Guardian


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Vodafone UK delays 4G LTE roll-out to September


Well that's a stupid move. Launch it now and treat it as a soft-launch. Iron out any kinks, and then once the next [compatible] iPhone is released, then the customer floodgates will open and you'll have a fully-populated LTE network. But, hey, what do I know? Better to wait so that current iPhone users don't feel slighted, and then you can experience the initial growing pains of a new network with all of your users on it instead of just some. Good call. /s

So ylthey sold me a 4G ready HTC one a couple of weeks ago on the promise it would have 4G this summer, thanks for that

I am hoping hoping there will be trials before official launch especially in my region where 3g coverage is poor.
As for lte on 1800MHz, that should never have been permitted. Anyone who bought a device which works on 1800 and doesn't work on 800 and 2600MHz has been screwed.