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ARM: 4G delay excellent for UK

ARM: 4G delay excellent for UK
4G - it's coming and all that

ARM has told TechRadar that UK consumers shouldn't be annoyed at the delay in getting next-generation mobile connectivity.

The likes of the US and Japan have had 4G (or LTE) networks – capable of speeds up to 10 times faster than the UK's 3G connections – and this has led to anger from some users at the networks and the government for delaying the rollout.

However, James Bruce, ARM's lead mobile strategist, says this is to the benefit of user experience, and will lead to a better system:

"From ARM's perspective, we've had a focus on helping to improve power efficiency and more computational processes within handsets to help LTE."

All good, all good

"If you look at our modem partners, they've been doing a very good job; in the first generation of 3G devices the battery life was not optimum but by generation two or three, the battery life had improved significantly.

"4G is going to be hugely improved in 2013, and I think if we look at it's deployment in other markets, last year was all about rolling out the technology, 2012 was really optimising it (for things like processor efficiency and battery life), and 2013 will be the year when LTE becomes mass market."

So it seems that while it's hard to watch our international cousins playing about with speeds in excess of 25Mbps on a regular basis, at least they're ironing out the bugs for the UK when 4G finally becomes a reality in Britain.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.