Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have begun trialling 4G LTE broadband services in Cornwall.
The firms have selected 200 customers from a pool of 400 applications to test a shared fix and mobile platform, using 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum. One hundred will test mobile, whilst the remainder will trial fixed wireless broadband.
The trial is being implemented in St Nelwyn East and other parts of South Newquay with support from technology partners Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei and is understood to be the first live trial of 4G LTE broadband in the UK and the world’s first test of an LTE solution that can be deployed to both mobile and fixed-line customers.
Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale say they will use the field trial to boost their understanding of realistic 4G LTE speeds and any factors that would affect permanent deployment of the technology in the area. The trial will run until early next year and will be supported by a dedicated helpdesk, support website and regular focus groups.
BT Wholeseale CEO Nigel Staff said: ‘Our proof of concept trial in Cornwall will test the capabilities and services that a shared fix and mobile data network can support and is just one of the technologies, along with fibre, that we are looking to offer a possible solution to the rural broadband challenge.’
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) added: ‘This next generation mobile network will allow individuals and businesses across Britain to access the people, places and things they want and it will be faster and easier than ever before.’