The operator Three has toned down a blogpost in which it had claimed it was going to roll out '4G' mobile broadband in the UK this year.
The original post appeared on Wednesday, suggesting that Three would market a very fast version of 3G — namely 42Mbps HSPA+ technology — as being 4G. T-Mobile does the same thing in the US.
"That was our mistake – it's definitely not 4G. It's 3G," a Three spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.
HSPA+ may be fast, but it is indeed not 4G. Nor, until the end of 2010, was LTE, the technology that most consider to be 4G now.
LTE was originally classed as a 3G technology, with a follow-on technology called LTE-Advanced that would have qualified as 4G. However, in December 2010, the ITU agreed with operators that LTE and WiMax services could be justifiably marketed as 4G.
In terms of its benefits over 3G technology such as HSPA+, LTE is not only fast, but also more spectrally efficient than its predecessor standards, with less latency.