A trial of next-generation mobile technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and often referred to as 4G mobile broadband, has begun in Cornwall. Everything Everywhere (the joint company of T-Mobile and Orange) and BT Wholesale are collaborating on the trial which they announced back in May, although there has been a slight delay to the start of this due to lab tests. Speeds of up to 100Mbps should be possible, although real world testing is likely to produce lower speeds.
"Soon, more people will be accessing the internet on their mobile devices than on their PCs, and that means we need the right kind of networks in place to deliver the right kind of experience for our customers. That's why, as the UK's largest communications company, we are leading the development and introduction of new technologies like 4G. This next generation mobile network will allow individuals and businesses across Britain to access the people, places and things they want, wherever they are, whenever they want."Olaf Swantee, (CEO) Everything Everywhere
"BT is committed to working with the government and using technology innovation to find ways of addressing the remaining challenges within the UK where there are still broadband 'not-spots'. The final ten per cent of the country is exceedingly difficult to reach with the available standard fixed line solutions. Our proof of concept trial in Cornwall will test the capabilities and services that a shared fixed and mobile data network can support and is just one of the options, along with fibre and other mobile and wireless technologies that we are looking at to offer a possible solution to the rural broadband challenge."Nigel Stagg, (CEO) BT Wholesale
Two hundred customers in St. Newlyn East and the area surrounding, south of Newquay, will be testing the technology with one-hundred fixed wireless and one hundred mobile triallists split between 10MHz of the 800MHz spectrum. The eight week lab trial was used to prove it's possible to 'share, manage and optimise' radio resources between the two providers. Simulated conditions were used to try and rigorously test the technology, but now it's over to the geographical terrain of Cornwall to prove that it can work in the real world.
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