UK Broadband (UKB), Hong Kong-based PCCW’s British broadband unit, has announced that it has inaugurated commercial Long Term Evolution-based (LTE-based) services in the Southwark district of Central London, along with the town of Reading. With the operator offering its services under the ‘now Broadband’ moniker, UKB has confirmed that its high speed wireless broadband product is available for both personal and business customers in the aforementioned areas, at downlink speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload of 5Mbps. There are four residential tariffs on offer, differentiated by traffic prioritisation, and prices start from GBP21.50 (USD34.68) per month for the lowest level option if taking a 24-month contract, while the top-end package on a month-to-month contract costs GBP40 per month.
Commenting on the development, now Broadband CEO Nicholas James noted: ‘We are really excited to offer residents and businesses in these areas a unique opportunity to enjoy 4G speeds using our wireless networks … Our services offer a truly flexible, hassle free alternative to fixed line broadband services – whether it’s at home, work or a customer Wi-Fi solution.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in March 2012 UKB revealed that it had switched on what it claimed was not only the UK’s first LTE deployment, but also the first Time Division LTE (TD-LTE) 3.5GHz deployment in the world. In detailing the network itself, UKB confirmed that it is rolling out infrastructure using a TD-LTE solution provided by Chinese vendor Huawei, with the network to use its 124MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz bands. According to the operator, the setup will allow for the deployment of 6×20MHz-wide channels that it says will enable it to ‘deliver LTE Advanced speeds and enough capacity across the network to deliver Next Generation Access superfast broadband speeds to a large number of users simultaneously’.