Everything Everywhere has announced that the UK’s first customer 4G LTE trial in the north of England is now live in Cumbria.
Employees at local businesses in the Threlkeld area are testing 4G LTE using both dongles and routers. The trial is reaching speeds of 20Mpbs, allowing businesses to achieve new levels of productivity, says Everything Everywhere.
The area was selected as the location for the trial as it currently has insufficient or unreliable broadband.
As data speeds can vary due to a number of factors, including the number of people using the network, physical factors such as distance to a mast, building density and geographical terrain, the live network trial in Cumbria will be key to understanding how this LTE technology will perform in real life conditions, according to UK's largest operator.
The triallists include a regional office of United Utilities, the Blencathra Centre field studies educational facility situated on the side of Blencathra Mountain, the King Kong Climbing Wall, a manufacturing company and multiple web developers.
Corin Burdon of Keswick Web Design said: 'Having recently been accepted onto Everything Everywhere's 4G trial in Threlkeld I'm pleased to say the benefits to my business have been immediately noticeable with a large increase in consistent and useable connection speeds, which are typically 3-4 times faster than my existing landline broadband. The quality of the connection has been particularly noticeable with file upload speed and transfers via FTP. On several occasions transfers I would have left overnight on my traditional broadband connection – only to see errors and drop outs the next day – have been accomplished easily and quickly while continuing to work on websites in the background. 4G has taken the load in its stride even while multiple users are connected.'
The trial service is running on existing 1800MHz airwaves used by the Orange and T-Mobile mobile networks and will provide Everything Everywhere with additional learnings on the performance of 4G LTE over 1800MHz in rural areas.
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee said: 'Business 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 the nearly 40 other countries that have deployed 4G LTE to maintain its competitiveness.'