Partners begin real-world trials following laboratory tests of Long Term Evolution next generation mobile broadband
BT Wholesale and Everything Everywhere have begun trialling 4G Long Term Evolution mobile broadband in Cornwall.
The trial is using 10 Mhz of test 800 Mhz spectrum over a 25 km² centered on St. Newlyen East in South Newquay.
BT Wholesale and EE said that the area has low or no broadband connectivity, but the 4G trial will deliver high speed signals to both home and mobile customers.
The trial is designed to test how the technology works in the real world, following successful laboratory tests.
Everything Everywhere CCO Olaf Swantee (pictured) said: “Soon, more people will be accessing the internet on their mobile devices than on their PCs, and that means we need the right kind of networks in place to deliver the right kind of experience for our customers.
“That’s why, as the UK’s largest communications company, we are leading the development and introduction of new technologies like 4G. This next generation mobile network will allow individuals and businesses across Britain to access the people, places and things they want, wherever they are, whenever they want – and it will be faster and easier than ever before.”
BT Wholesale CEO Nigel Stagg said: “BT is committed to working with the government and using technology innovation to find ways of addressing the remaining challenges within the UK were there are still broadband ‘not-spots’.
“The final ten per cent of the country won’t be covered by government funds and is exceedingly difficult to reach with the available standard fixed line solutions. Our proof of concept trial in Cornwall will test the capabilities and services that a shared fixed and mobile data network can support and is just one of the technologies, along with fibre, that we are looking at to offer a possible solution to the rural broadband challenge.”