O2 has revealed plans to test long-term evolution (LTE) of 3G technology in the UK within the next few months.
The O2 field trials, announced by
parent company Telefónica this week, will take place in the UK alongside similar trials in Spain,
Germany, the Czech Republic,
Brazil and Argentina.
The operator has yet to reveal where in the UK the test
will take place and whether they will involve O2 customers.
O2 will be the
first operator in the UK
to carry out LTE trials. T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange are all expected to follow O2’s lead
in the future.
Telefónica has a long list
of initial technology supporters. These are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei,
NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE. The project is still open to other
According to Telefónica,
LTE will allow operators to offer customers peak mobile broadband speeds of up
to 340Mbps 'in ideal conditions'. The new technology will also
deliver more flexible use of spectrum and boost network capacity, the company