Infrastructure spending cuts will not impact 4G rollout

Infrastructure spending cuts will not impact 4G rollout

A number of mobile phone operators in the UK are beginning to reduce their spending on network infrastructure.

While some claim the decision could put the nation's 4G LTE network in jeopardy, ABI Research has confirmed that mobile phone users will still be able to access high-speed internet.

This is due to the fact network owners are investing heavily in gateway equipment, which is expected to account for around 60 per cent of total equipment expenditure in the near future.

Aditya Kaul, practice director of mobile networks at ABI Research, said: "The insatiable demand for mobile broadband data and smartphones is putting pressure on the scalability and reliability of mobile core elements, which will ultimately drive operators to upgrade their mobile core."

The research conducted by ABI comes as Ofcom is preparing to begin the long-awaited auction of the UK's 4G network spectrum.

A number of the major mobile phone operators are planning to buy up the spectrum to boost the services they provide.