Everything Everywhere today (25 May) announced its partnership with BT Wholesale to launch the UK’s first live customer trial of 4G high-speed broadband technology.
The joint venture is the first of its kind and will see mobile and fixed broadband coming together for the first time in the UK to provide high speed wireless broadband to customers in rural Cornwall.
Everything Everywhere CEO Tom Alexander, said: ‘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.
‘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 trial is being implemented with support from technology partners Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei and will utilise 2 x10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum, testing its capability as a long-term solution to fixed broadband technology for customers who currently get low speeds or are unable to get broadband.
BT Wholesale CEO Sally Davis said: ‘This is a great mixed economy example of innovation and collaboration by two organisations pushing the boundaries of technology for the benefit of customers. The expectation of what we will learn is truly exciting, as much for the customers who are unable to get a broadband service in a number of rural communities across the country.’
The field trial is being supported by the Cornwall Development Company and is scheduled to start this September and run to early next year. It will involve up to 100 mobile and 100 fixed line customers living around the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.