Today, O2 and Vodafone have officially launched their LTE services in the United Kingdom. However, Vodafone's LTE network is available only in London, while O2 offer's its 4G services across three cities - London, Leeds and Bradford at the moment.
The 4G LTE networks across the UK is dominated by EE, which is currently offering 4G in 100 markets in the country. EE also has the government's spectrum license and all the other carriers need to buy the spectrum through an auction from the Ofcom regulator.
Both Vodafone and O2 are currently offering a wide range of usage plans for its potential consumers. Currently, Vodafone's LTE services starts at £26 a month and offers 2 GB of data with unlimited text messages and voice minutes. On the other hand, O2 has a similar offer at the same price tag, but the carrier gives only 1 GB of data with free messages and calling minutes.
Along with the launch of LTE networks, Vodafone and O2 have also announced that they will start selling 4G enabled smartphones. Check out the source links below for more information.
Meanwhile, Three announced its plans to roll out its own 4G network from the December 2013 and the carrier will begin its campaign from London, Manchester and Birmingham. The expansion of Three's LTE network is expected to be quite rapid next year and the carrier is expected to have over 80% of its consumer base on 4G by the end of 2014 and 98% by 2015.
You said 3G and 4G, thats the catch. In that case Three can start claiming that it already 98% of UK with the help of 3G and 4G as considering that they already have DC-HSDPA in almost the entire UK
Fails to mention on there that vodafone are also going to be promising 98% coverage throughout the UK on 3G and 4G by the end of 2015 as well so its not going to be any more of a bonus by going with three. they also spent the most on spectrum at the ...
Haha what about 20,500 kms of fiber optic network that would help to transmit mobile at lightning speed. it's easy to forget it but actually its a game changer. :-))