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UK Broadband 4G hands-on - router
For now, the 4G services are being delivered via an in-building LTE box that looks like any home broadband router. However, Mi-Fi units that can be carried and used on the move are scheduled to arrive in September.
The router pictured is made by Huawei and has been limited to provide a maximum of around 66Mbps downstream. It can handle up to 36 devices at once, connected via Wi-Fi, according to Philip Marnick, chief technical officer at UK Broadband.
Marnick said the upstream rate — in terms of "a pure mobile play" — is consistent at around 3Mbps. However, he noted that the service could be configured differently to help provide super-fast broadband services in rural areas, to fulfil the government's Next Generation Broadband access requirements of a minimum of 5Mbps uploads.
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