The First Borough-Wide UK 4G Network Goes Live In Swindon Today

By Sam Gibbs on at

Yes, that's right, Swindon has beat the rest of us in the UK to the 4G punch, and launched its own 4G network that goes live today for punters across the borough. Fired into the ether by UK Broadband, it'll offer residents the lightning-fast wireless broadband we've all been craving, and some 22 days before EE too.

The idea is that the LTE network will be used as a replacement or alternative to fixed-line connections. Of course, you'll still need to plug the modem-router things into power, but at least there'll be one less plug to have to worry about. Prices and availability will be announced today for an estimated 67,000 households and some 2,600 businesses across lucky Swindon.

So, if you're a Swindon resident who's struggling with crummy fixed-line broadband speeds, maybe LTE's your saviour? Hell, if you manage to get the kinds of speeds we were seeing on the O2 4G trial with LTE dongles and laptops, it'll be a heck of a lot faster than a whole host of the UK can manage down their phone lines. For the rest of us, I'm afraid we're just going to have to wait till the end of the month for our EE-powered 4G fix. [Swindon]

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