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A 4G trial has been launched by O2 in London to help determine the future of commercial 4G integration.

The trial, which will last for nine months, will see areas of high usage covered by the service. These areas will include Kings Cross, Canary Wharf and Westminster and will see O2 use more than twenty-five base stations to provide the service.

The focus on mobile broadband is something which has been growing for a number of years. Some people even think that it could be the best way to offer sufficient broadband services to rural areas. A couple of months ago, telecoms expert Matthew Howett told Radio 4 that rural areas struggled to get broadband services because of the expense involved in laying the fibre for the connections.

In fact, Mount Pleasant in Halesworth, Suffolk, was labelled as the worst town for broadband speeds, managing to reach speeds of just 0.128 megabits per second. Broadband services and speeds were also found to be lower than expected in other areas, leading a number of development

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The new proposed trail by O2 follows initial tests which were conducted in the site of the company’s registered office: Slough.  4G is the fourth generation of cellular, wireless communication and is embraced for its penetrative capabilities. The 4G technology which will be used in the O2 trial – LTE technology – is able to penetrate buildings and support higher volumes of use, making it ideal for bustling city areas such as London.

A commercial rollout of 4G connectivity was originally intended to hit the UK in 2008 but this has been pushed back until 2012. The four year delay is estimated to have cost the UK over £700million a year in business productivity and has seen the UK fall behind countries such as Germany and Australia which have already introduced the service to the public.

This current trial by O2 is therefore designed to help the provider make the most of the technology when it becomes commercially viable, ensuring customers get the best possible service.