I did not realize that one of the most advanced countries full of early adopters does not have a 4G mobile network.
The news that Everything Everywhere (a joint company between Orange and T-Mobile) will launch 4G LTE network service on September 11 made me realize for the first time that the UK does not have a 4G network service. The frequency auctions for 4G LTE service is supposed to take place in 2013.
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Everything Everywhere was able to get the government to agree to use their 1800Mhz frequency band for 4G LTE, enabling them to be first with 4G LTE service launching just a day ahead of the rumored iPhone 5 announcement.
If Everything Everywhere is actually getting the iPhone 5 and has a decent 4G coverage all other UK carriers will lose marketshare big time.
Usually though a 4G LTE network launches in a small scale. We all know how limited the coverage areas of the US carriers are. Anyway the Everything Everywhere 4G LTE launch adds some spice to the iPhone 5 launch in the UK. We will see what goes down next month.