EE launches live 4G trial in North of England


Operator runs live trial using 1800Mhz spectrum to deliver 4G services while it waits to see if full roll out on the spectrum will be approved

Everything Everywhere has launched its first live 4G trial using the 1800Mhz spectrum that the operator could use to launch a 4G service this year if it is given the go ahead to reuse the spectrum by regulator Ofcom.

The trial, centred on the area of Threlkeld in Cumbria, was launched today (May 2) by Education Secretary Michael Gove (pictured right), who said 4G has the potential to provide “an important stimulus for the UK”.

The trial will offer up to 50 local residents the chance to access 4G services from EE until the end of July.

Gove said: “I’m really delighted to be switching on the first ever deployment of this cutting-edge technology in the North of England. Cumbria has – thanks to the work of local MP Rory Stewart – been at the vanguard of this work.

“Cumbria has unique needs due to its sparse population and long distances, which 4G LTE will help overcome. Cumbria’s schools and educational opportunities will be revolutionised by this technology.

“Cumbria’s record number of small businesses will be transformed by this next generation technology. 4G will bring jobs to rural areas and all the benefits of superfast broadband in education and health to its remote communities.”