Motorola trials 4G in Swindon

Swindon is the place where faster 4G mobile networks might take off in the UK.

Swindon is the place where faster 4G mobile networks might take off in the UK.

Motorola is using its Swindon labs to trial the first 4G networks.

4G - also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) - has just been tested in the area using fledgling LTE networks and handsets. Motorola is now inviting mobile operators to conduct their own tests on the networks.

Although 3G as a true nationwide mobile broadband offering has not been with us for long, 4G is competing with mobile Wimax to be the next big thing. Vodafone is already testing a faster hybrid of 3G to fill the space as well.

In the 4G Motorola tests, LTE voice calls and high-speed data services were streamed over 2.6GHz networks.

"Motorola is at the forefront of 4G development, which will address the mobility demands of today's consumers who are looking for personalised media experiences, and operators looking to lower their cost per bit and gain a competitive advantage," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice-president and general manager, Motorola EMEA home and networks mobility.

Visitors to Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona this month can experience Motorola's LTE live in a mobile environment.

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