By: MarkJ - 14 December, 2009 (7:01 AM)
o2 logoMobile operator O2 UK (Telefonica) has announced the first successful live trial of next generation Long Term Evolution ( LTE ) Mobile Broadband technology in the Slough area, where the operators headquarters are based. A peak cell download speed of 150Mbps (Megabits per second) was measured during the trial, though future 4G generations of LTE could hit 1Gbps.

The trial follows Octobers news in which O2 was chosen by parent company Telefonica (here) to be one of six different providers in six countries (Spain, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Brazil and Argentina) to take part in trials of its 'up to' 340Mbps next generation Long Term Evolution ( LTE ) based Mobile Broadband technology.

The CTO of O2 UK, Derek McManus, said:

"We are pleased to collaborate with Huawei on this LTE trial, which will allow us to better understand this emerging technology and prepare us in offering our customers next generation mobile broadband services in the future."

The final service, which is due to start its rollout towards the end of 2010, could deliver peak downlink speeds of up to 340Mbps. However figures like this are misleading because the bandwidth will need to be shared with many customers and, even with LTE's many improvements, limited overall capacity and low revenues continue to be a serious problem.

Even modern day HSPA based Mobile Broadband services, which should be capable of reaching download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps (most advertise between 3.6Mbps and 7.2Mbps), can barely muster an average of 1Mbps. LTE may improve upon this but we don't expect miracles and can only hope UK operators don’t start making ridiculous speed claims that can never be achieved.
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