4G LTE as a radio mechanismLaatste update: 31/03/2011
Land: Verenigd Koninkrijk
3G coverage is hardly ubiquitous in the UK. I write this in Bournemouth, not exactly the ends of the earth, and I have no mobile coverage at all in the house I’m in. Within a five minute walk of the house, I have mostly GPRS coverage, a bit of Edge, and a smattering of 3G. Heaven help those who live outside a major city like Bournemouth. And how long has 3G been with us?
4G LTE seems a hugely expensive way of broadcasting radio. To cover 90% of the UK population with LTE will require 16,000 transmitters to be built (one transmitter covers about half a mile, that’s all). Building this network will take an awful lot of time – by which time we’ll doubtless have another technology knocking on the door. (You might like to compare DAB’s rather more sensible 250-ish transmitters to cover the same amount – and the trifling fact that both the BBC and commercial radio have already rolled out their networks to over 90% of the population. It’s already there).
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