BT and Everything Everywhere are to begin the UK’s first 4G LTE trials. The partnership will see BT Wholesale and the Orange/T-Mobile umbrella group bring the superfast mobile broadband network to the area of Cornwall by September.
100 mobile and fixed line customers from the St Newlyn East areawill be the first to test the service, with the telcoms giants employing 2 x 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum.
With certain rural areas still struggling to receive decent broadband connections, 4G LTE connections could be the answer.
“Residents in the St Newlyn East and surrounding areas who wish to learn more or who may want to participate in the trial can register their interest at www.4Gwirelessbroadbandtrial.co.uk,” explained Everything Everywhere’s release.
“The trial will be free of charge to all triallists, and is being implemented with support from technology partners Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei.”
“Our ambition is to have the best 4G network and be pioneers in enabling Britain’s superfast wireless future.We strongly believe that, by sharing our network and mobile assets in this way, we can make a valuable contribution to the economics of rural broadband services, said Everywhere Everywhere CEO Tom Alexander.
“Our work with BT is providing a test bed for new technologies such as 4G LTE which, with the correct allocation of sub 1GHz spectrum from the Government, has the potential to make a real impact on the way in which we communicate in the future.
“The Government has previously stated its desire for the UK to have the best in class superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, and we hope to help this vision become a reality.”