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UK set to receive faster, cheaper 4G from 2020


4G data bills are expected to drop in the future due to Ofcom’s decision to free up more spectrum. Frequencies currently reserved for digital TV transmissions and wireless microphones will soon include mobile broadband as well. The move is set to benefit mobile users in both cities and the countryside.

Ofcom expect network providers will cut their bills following the increase in capacity. The change may affect some communications equipment used by theatres, sports venues and music event organisers, who now have about five years to update their kit. TV views will not face another “switchover” and will be able to keep using services such as Freeview.

Mark Newman, chief research officer of Ovum's telecoms research business said:

"It's significant for people in remote and rural areas because, despite the best efforts of government to get operators to deliver fixed broadband into those areas, the fact is there are still some places that are not going to be reached by 2022, and this will help,

"And because the 700MHz frequency band is better able to pass through walls and other objects than higher frequencies it will also be useful in built-up areas,

"London, in particular, is internationally known to have pretty bad mobile broadband coverage within buildings. So, certainly this will help networks in situations they have traditionally had problems."

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