EE 4G LTE trial goes live in Cumbria


First 4G trial in the north of England begins, with local businesses achieving speeds of 20Mbps with the use of mobile broadband dongles and routers

Everything Everywhere’s 4G LTE trial in Cumbria has now gone live. It’s the first of its kind in the north of England.

Local businesses in the Threlkend area are testing 4G LTE using both mobile broadband dongles and routers, achieving speeds of 20Mbps. The trial service is running on existing 1800MHz airwaves used by the Orange and T-Mobile networks.

Triallists include a regional office of United Utilieis, the Blencathra Centre field studies educational facility located on the side of Blencathra Mountain, as well as a number of web developers.

Everything Everywhere said the area was selected as the location for the trial as it currently has insufficient or unreliable broadband, and that the live trial will be key to understanding how this LTE technology will perform in real life conditions.

Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) said: “Businesses will benefit hugely from fast mobile broadband connectivity and the growth, investment and jobs that it will deliver. The UK must start catching up now with nearly 40 other countries that have deployed 4G LTE to maintain its competitiveness.”