What is 4G?
Up until recently, 4G has been used as a catch-all marketing term for the next generation of mobile services and was loosly used by networks and equipment manufacturers as the next generation of mobile broadband services and equipment offering higher speed connectivity compared to standard 3G (HSPA). This 4G description was often applied to the new HSPA+ and DC HSPA+ networks and devices that could offer significantly higher download speed. For example, a 3G HSPA+ router using 3 mobile HSPA+ network would typically deliver download speed of around 8Mbps – 12Mbps which is significantly faster than the previous 1-2Mbps on the standard 3G HSPA network. As such there was no definitive, industry-set criteria for what constitutes a 4G network. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) only recently made things official and that meant that none of the the so-called 4G networks or equipment available before the definition was coined officially qualified as 4G.
The ITU states that there are now only two major technologies in development that can be classed as 4G. They are LTE Advanced and WiMax 2 – both of which are enhanced versions of what carriers currently describe as 4G and both of which have only recently began rolling out across the globe. So, as it stands, what was being sold as 4G by many networks was actually only HSPA+ and only really 3.5G.
In Summary, a 4G network or device uses LTE or Wimax 2 and in the UK Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) will be the first UK mobile phone network operator to roll out 4G LTE services using it’s existing 1800Mhz band, with Vodafone and O2 playing catch up in 2013 when they will have to bid for the new spectrum freed up by the analogue telephone signal switch off that happened earlier in 2012. This will leave Vodafone and O2 with the lower frequency bands which will offer better building penetration giving them an advantage over the Everything Everywhere higher frequency offering. Of course the main thing to consider is how much this higher speed 4G network will cost and whether or not there will be 4G unlimited data bundles available rather than expensive, capped tariffs that already limit most users who want to make the most out of their existing 3G wireless broadband service.
Now that the UK will get it’s first 4G LTE Network with 16 cities being online by the end of 2012, the question remains about how best to use this new high speed 4G network. Of course the mobile operators will be pushing 4G LTE Smartphones and 4G Modems (4G Dongles) but many customers will want to share their high speed 4G mobile broadband connection with several users and turn towards 4G to replace their wired telephone and broadband service (depending upon monthly rentals and data caps) and these customers will typically want a 4G Router that they can insert their new 4G SIM card into and provide wired and wireless connectivity for multiple users to share a single connection.
One of the first 4G Routers available in the UK will be the 2N Speedroute 4G LTE Router which will work with the new 4GEE Everything Everywhere 4G service and will also work with existing HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) and DC HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps) technologies so users can start using this router straight away and ensure that they are 4G ready when the networks make available 4G services in their area.
Proroute H820 4G Router
The Proroute H820 4G Router is an industrial grade LTE Router that offers a high speed mobile broadband connection using the new 4G networks in the UK.
The Proroute H820 4G LTE Router uses the Sierra Wireless MC7710 LTE embedded module providing 4G connectivity with download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 50Mbps.
H820 4G Router Key Features:
- Uses High Speed Sierra Wireless MC7710 4G LTE Module
- Embedded 4G Technology – insert 4G SIM directly into router – no more 4G dongle compatibility issues
- Up to 10oMbps Download Speed
- Up To 50Mbps Upload Speed
- Compatible with all UK 4G Networks
- N Wireless WiFi for wireless hotspot for multiple devices
- 4 x LAN Ports for wired LAN connectivity
- Robust Metal Casing
- CE and RoHS
- Keep Alive technology ensuring a reliable, always on 4G connection
- Ideal for business, construction, mobile or temporary offices and M2M Remote Access and Monitoring (CCTV)