This is exciting. The results from Ireland's 4G auction have been announced earlier than expected, bringing the country one step closer to super fast wireless broadband and instantly pocketing the bootstrapped Irish government approximately €482 million.
Ofcom, the independent regulator for the British communications industries, has today approved an application from Everything Everywhere to use its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver 4G or LTE services.
While the current state of broadband infrastructure in Ireland in nothing short of disgraceful, it’s a relief somewhat to hear that a person held in such regard as Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt thinks so too. Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Schmidt stated how Ireland is “behind” on the roll-out of acceptable broadband and that Irish taxpayer’s money would be better invested in broadband “that serves the citizens”.
Everything Everywhere, the company behind Orange and T-Mobile, have teamed up with BT to deliver the first field trial of 4G LTE broadband, promising speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The two companies will share their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide high speed wireless broadband on a trial basis to customers in South Newquay, Cornwall.