Our 4G Bands Are Now Free of Legacy TV and Ready for Mobile Networks

By Gary Cutlack on at

Today sees the UK's radio spectrum cleaned up and completely ready for the arrival of 4G networks (ahead of schedule), thanks to the last few old Freeview masts in Scotland switching over to their new digital bands and away from 800MHz. So... where are all the new 4G networks then?

4G offerings from O2, Three and Vodafone are now clear for launch, with these networks using a combo of the lower frequency 800Mhz and 2.6GHz bands. 800MHz supposedly travels better and penetrates deeper into buildings, so, theoretically, ought to offer better coverage. Ofcom suggests 98 per cent of the population ought to be able to receive 4G coverage indoors, once the network roll out is complete. [Ofcom via The Register]