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First Ever Live Trial of LTE (4G) In The UK



/ 6 years ago

The UK’s first trial of LTE (4G) will be occurring in Cornwall, South West England and telecoms giants BT Wholesale and Everything Everywhere (T-mobile and Orange) will be running the tests. They are running a proof of concept trial which is designed to see what mobile broadband speeds are available within the field and this is to involve 100 mobile and 100 fixed line users.

The CEO of Everything Everywhere, Tom Alexander said “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.”

Sally Davis, the CEO of BT Wholesale stated “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 partial reason for the remote location is to see how LTE can help to bring fixed line broadband to rural areas, where the construction fibre networks is not financially or economically feasable. These trials may help to speed up the introduction of LTE nationwide. America already has this service nationwide and has done for some time. With any luck we will too.

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  • Dean Oldfield

    Out of curiosity, do handsets need new hardware to utilise 4g? or will 3g phones be able to just connect?

  • Chris

    Yeah in a nutshell new hardware will be needed for the use of the 4G/LTE networks. As to when the service will become fully available is not yet known nor the expected speeds. Those that are living near to or within the test area can register here to take part.The area being covered is shown below.<img src="http://www.eteknix.com/attachments/4187-4g-trial-region-eteknix-jpg/&quot; alt="" />

  • lucas4

    the major networks like vodaphone etc need to update and improve their 3G network before even thinking about 4G :rolleyes:i have had my HTC Legend on Vodafone for just under a year, and i can count the number of times i've been connected to 3G on my hands.i always connect to Edge or GPRS (i think they'r called that) instead :(! it frustrating :@!

  • Chris

    Part of this testing is to see if they improve the fixed line broadband speeds in rural areas. Currently the UK is lacking behind the rest of Europe in its average connection speed and this has a lot to do with rural areas. Fitting fibre to all these rural areas would incur a large financial cost and once this is weighed up against the economic gains its just not in the favour of the suppliers (ie would mean higher connection and monthly costs for not much difference to well connected areas)The LTE and 4G testing will aim to send the signals to the rural areas over wireless telecommunication to save on these large installation costs.

  • omegadoom13

    BadNoddy;17987 wrote: Part of this testing is to see if they improve the fixed line broadband speeds in rural areas. Currently the UK is lacking behind the rest of Europe in its average connection speed and this has a lot to do with rural areas. Fitting fibre to all these rural areas would incur a large financial cost and once this is weighed up against the economic gains its just not in the favour of the suppliers (ie would mean higher connection and monthly costs for not much difference to well connected areas)The LTE and 4G testing will aim to send the signals to the rural areas over wireless telecommunication to save on these large installation costs.

    Insightful. Thanks BadNoddy