Braintree: 4G to be available in town by Christmas

Halstead Gazette: Braintree: 4G to be available in town by Christmas Braintree: 4G to be available in town by Christmas

The superfast 4G network will be available in Braintree by Christmas, making it one of the best connected towns in the country.

The 4G network from EE is set to roll out to Witham and Halstead next year.

The service will be up to five times faster than the current 3G available on most mobile phones.

Councillor Chris Siddall, cabinet member for prosperity and growth, said: “The arrival of 4G mobile services in Braintree will be of great benefit to both local residents and businesses and will aid the ambitious targets we have set in terms of economic development in the district.

“The arrival of 4G makes this part of England one of the best connected areas in the UK.”

EE 4G mobile is now available in 160 towns, and EE is aiming for 90 per cent of the population to be covered by the end of 2014.

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2:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

/@|_|@\ says...

Bah humbug: roll out 4G when LTE is rolled out across the rest of the industrialised world??? Yet Mr. Sidell (obviously not to be taken seriously regardless, he is, after all, a mere government bureaucrat) wildly states that Braintree "is one of the best connected areas in the UK.” Laughable were it not so sad.
Bah humbug: roll out 4G when LTE is rolled out across the rest of the industrialised world??? Yet Mr. Sidell (obviously not to be taken seriously regardless, he is, after all, a mere government bureaucrat) wildly states that Braintree "is one of the best connected areas in the UK.” Laughable were it not so sad. /@|_|@\

1:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

keith_l says...

It would appear that /@|_|@\ has posted without any semblence of the facts.

There are currently two types of 4G, LTE and WiiMAX, used in different parts of the world. All of the UK mobile networks use LTE, in common with most of Europe and the USA. Of the two, LTE offrs an upgrade path to what will be known as 4.5G with even more capacity (LTE Extended)

Looking forward to Witham getting 4G - which will be fasdter than my home broadband!
It would appear that /@|_|@\ has posted without any semblence of the facts. There are currently two types of 4G, LTE and WiiMAX, used in different parts of the world. All of the UK mobile networks use LTE, in common with most of Europe and the USA. Of the two, LTE offrs an upgrade path to what will be known as 4.5G with even more capacity (LTE Extended) Looking forward to Witham getting 4G - which will be fasdter than my home broadband! keith_l

3:07pm Wed 11 Dec 13

/@|_|@\ says...

Fair enough. I think though that the term "4G" is more a marketing term and therefore is actually inaccurate. You touch upon the '4.5' issue but I think LTE Extended and WiMax (proper - i.e.802.16) are not deployed to my knowledge. I did a quick look-up and found little to be honest. So, my point is that Braintree is only just about now dragging itself into the early 21st century which is when '4G' was originally released into the wild. And as for home broadband, my throughput is 20MB (that's bytes, not bits) down and 10 up. (Full disclosure: I don't live in Braintree!) Local LTE doesn't achieve that.
Fair enough. I think though that the term "4G" is more a marketing term and therefore is actually inaccurate. You touch upon the '4.5' issue but I think LTE Extended and WiMax (proper - i.e.802.16) are not deployed to my knowledge. I did a quick look-up and found little to be honest. So, my point is that Braintree is only just about now dragging itself into the early 21st century which is when '4G' was originally released into the wild. And as for home broadband, my throughput is 20MB (that's bytes, not bits) down and 10 up. (Full disclosure: I don't live in Braintree!) Local LTE doesn't achieve that. /@|_|@\

4:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

keith_l says...

I live on the edge of Witham and get less than 1Mb via a wired broadband. I'm too far from the exchange for a better connection. I agree that LTE Extended is not yet deployed, it is in pilot in the UK , but even standard 4G comes close to matching my wired speed.
I live on the edge of Witham and get less than 1Mb via a wired broadband. I'm too far from the exchange for a better connection. I agree that LTE Extended is not yet deployed, it is in pilot in the UK , but even standard 4G comes close to matching my wired speed. keith_l

8:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

/@|_|@\ says...

Ah - you are on DSL then, Keith: mine is cable (fibre to the node at the end of the driveway) so I am indeed fortunate. I can sense your excitement and anticipation - best of luck.
Ah - you are on DSL then, Keith: mine is cable (fibre to the node at the end of the driveway) so I am indeed fortunate. I can sense your excitement and anticipation - best of luck. /@|_|@\

7:51pm Sat 14 Dec 13

pierre-pierre says...

dont forget the cost, 4G costs a lot more the 3G.

I have used a three WiFi mobile while on holiday and even in places that supplied - Free in the property, the three mobile unit was quicker, It cost me £10 for only 1G units
dont forget the cost, 4G costs a lot more the 3G. I have used a three WiFi mobile while on holiday and even in places that supplied - Free in the property, the three mobile unit was quicker, It cost me £10 for only 1G units pierre-pierre

3:27pm Tue 17 Dec 13

/@|_|@\ says...

There was no increase in the monthly charge when we upgraded to LTE where I live: you need to question your carriers and write letters and moan. They are raping you with the costs in the UK!
There was no increase in the monthly charge when we upgraded to LTE where I live: you need to question your carriers and write letters and moan. They are raping you with the costs in the UK! /@|_|@\

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