Fresh thinking required as 4G shows signs of slowing
As more users scramble to join 4G networks, download speeds appear to be on the way down. But what’s the solution?
Last week, The Guardian (citing a recent Ofcom study) reported that 4G networks in Britain are showing signs of a slow down, as more and more users subscribe to the much-lauded, ‘superfast’ mobile data service.
Reportedly, the average 4G download speed across the four leading mobile networks fell to 14.7Mbps from 15.1Mbps between the spring and winter of 2014. Furthermore, The Guardian suggests that these speeds are well behind the average speed of home broadband over a fixed line, which reached around 19Mbps in 2014.
When the network becomes shared amongst more users, the average is going to decline – the art of network planning is to ensure it doesn’t decline too much.
James Barford, telecoms expert at Enders Analysis
A concerning problem that requires a solution
For all the slick advertising and promises of a new dawn in mobile data opportunities behind it, 4G may not be living up to expectations. With the rise of the ‘mobile first’ mentality and demand for ‘always on’ connectivity, however, an efficient, reliable data connection is becoming a necessity, not a luxury.
4G network slow-down issues related to increasing numbers of mobile devices could, of course, be avoided with the installation of free, efficient, public WiFi networks in town and city centres, as well as places of high-user density, such as sports stadiums and open air events (e.g. festivals). Implementing such networks is not a distant utopia – the technology and expertise exist to make it happen right now – and it is up to budget-holders to take the long view, build a vision for their WiFi-connected town, city, stadium or event, and choose an end-to-end provider that can help them deliver it.
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