Vodafone looking into 1Gbps 4G

Vodafone looking into 1Gbps 4G

Vodafone is reportedly looking at ways of boosting the connection speed of its 4G network to as much as 1 Gbit/s.

Details unveiled by Light Reading suggest the UK's third-largest operator is to look at harnessing "smart antenna" technology known as MIMO, which helps to boost network capacity by adding antennas at the transmitter and receiver devices.

It is something that is being looked into by rival firm EE, which has also confirmed that it is to conduct trials of 1Gbit/s 4G services in the first half of 2016.

Vodafone will look over with plenty of interest over the assessment of EE's merger with BT, which it claims will put the company at a strong disadvantage in spectrum holdings.  

Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer of Vodafone has already urged the Competition and Markets Authority to make the relinquishing of spectrum holdings part of approving any potential deal, but those calls have so far been in vain.

Additional spectrum is largely seen as being the first step in Vodafone realising its ambitions for creating a 1Gbit/s 4G service.

Those plans could be boosted by the decision among regulatory authorities to auction off airwaves in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands early next year.

Vodafone, which recently rolled out its fixed broadband service, is placing a greater emphasis on 4G, having recently announced it was to extend roaming coverage to more countries across the world.