4G Networks Could Increase British Capacity By 200 Percent

UK telecom regulatory board OfCom has revealed that the introduction of 4G networks may eventually lead to almost 200 percent capacity gains for customers.

According to Ofcom, the 4G networks, scheduled to be unveiled somewhere during 2013 all across the country, will ensure 200% better performance in terms of bandwidth than the 3G network, The Telegraph reports.

The regulatory board also said that the upgrade will hold great significance for the country’s telecom sector, especially considering the exponentially rising mobile traffic in the region.

"The research that we commissioned indicates that early 4G mobile networks with standard configurations will be 3.3 times (230 per cent) more spectrally efficient than today's standard 3G networks,” said Stephen Unger, Ofcom's CTO.

“To put this in context, a user on an early 4G network will be able to download a video in around a third of the time it takes today on a 3G network,” he added.

There is little doubt that the introduction of 4G networks will eventually lead to an enormous increase in available bandwidth, but there is still plenty of questions regarding cost, coverage and usage caps, as increased capacity in the past has quickly led to increased use, which telecom firms say has driven up the cost of doing business.