5/2/2012 3:22:14 PM
Everything Everywhere launches 4G trial for Lake District residents
Everything Everywhere has launched a 4G trial in the north of England on the 1800MHz spectrum it is hoping to refarm for LTE purposes.
Up to 50 residents of Threlkeld in the Lake District wil be able to register their interest to access the service on a website. The test will be rolled out during the next few weeks and will run until the end of July.
Everything Everywhere has submitted an application to Ofcom to refarm its 1800MHz holding for 4G purposes. However, its plans have been heavily criticised by rival networks, who have called for a level playing field in the rollout of 4G services. Ofcom is holding a spectrum auction later this year.
The trial was switched on by Education Secretary Michael Gove and the region's MP, Rory Stewart. Gove said: '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.'
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee said: 'Britain deserves a 21st century digital infrastructure, and we’re committed to making that a reality for the nation as soon as possible.'
Editor: Graeme Neill