That’s how many households in the United Kingdom use mobile broadband, according to a new report from Ofcom.
Of those households, just 7% rely on mobile broadband exclusively. But as MoneyHighStreet reports, next-generation technology like 4G LTE has the potential to greatly increase that percentage:
4G (or LTE) technology, which will be trialled from this September and rolled out in 2013, will use the radio frequency spectrum freed up by the digital TV switchover to offer a much faster mobile broadband service.
With 4G, you should be able to access a 10 Mbps connection from the outset, but the technology has the potential to offer up to as much as 150 Mbps in the future. Better still, coverage is likely to be much better – and is likely to meet the demands of rural customers who presently have no mobile broadband access.
Here in the states, with much more land mass to cover, 4G LTE technology has the potential to make an even bigger impact by providing hard-to-wire rural areas with broadband speeds similar to those found in urban areas.