Big event was the launching of 4G in the UK. So at last 21st Century communication comes the isle !
Luckily there was no war reminiscent of the race between video tape standards VHS and Beta, as the two standards for transmitting traffic: 4G seems to have swung via the Long Term Evolution, or LTE, and not the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, more commonly known as Mobile WiMAX (which Manchester had at one point!)
So are we all in the streets of the UK dancing and downloading away? Basic answer NO. Sadly the launch is limited to 12 cities spreading to 16 by December (but hey everyone has to start somewhere). The real blight is the cost (again its new and there costs to be clawed back) but the data allowance per pound (or $1.59 at time of press) is excessive with 500 Mb setting you back £36, and 8Gb £56 .Note no unlimited data just yet, and there wont be as that what happens when you hold a monopoly.
So the high costs and current limited availability have created an initial exclusive club rather than the heralding of broadband access for remote areas, and for people who cant afford broadband as was the hope.The 4G network holds a promise of change and I love the ideas being it and the benefits it will bring to all eventually but sadly there’s no immediate revolution.
So what happens when you leave the 4G city with your new tool to connect to places at superfast speeds? Well it drops to 3G provided you still have the allowance. By the way once your allowance is used to misquote a film “For you the internet is over!” .Hang on let me get this right, my superfast mobile data network I can take anywhere (within city limits) really isnt that mobile, and will behave just like the current 3G one? This springs to mind at the moment