IET Press Release On LTE/4G

The IET has published a Press Release expressing concern about the proposed LTE/4G rollout in the UK.
According to the IET there are three specific challenges facing the government over future mobile communications:

  1. The capacity challenge – release of additional spectrum will only provide modest gains and will not satisfy the rapid growth demand.
  2. The coverage challenge – the use of higher frequency spectrum to improve capacity will suffer from reduced coverage and not provide the anticipated performance improvement.
  3. The regulatory challenge – four generations of mobile communications have increased retail competition at the expense of network competition, stifling new mobile infrastructure platforms.

See http://www.theiet.org/about/media-centre/press-releases/20110722.cfm for details.
Note that although LTE is emerging as the front runner for next generation mobile communications, with a global technical standard, each country individually allocates channels to this service dependent on the perceived need and the spectrum they choose to make available.

Posted on 25/07/2011