The first live trial of next generation 4G LTE high speed broadband to customers has been announced.
Everything Everywhere and BT have teamed up for the live proof of concept trial due in September, the first of its kind in the UK.
The telecoms firms will share their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide high speed wireless broadband to customers in rural Cornwall.
An initial test at BT’s laboratories in Suffolk is already underway, with the field trial set to test realistic 4G broadband broadband data speeds outside of laboratory conditions.
“BT is committed to bringing the highest speed broadband to everyone in the UK, whether that’s over fibre, copper or airwaves,” said Sally Davis, CEO of BT Wholesale said.
“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 field trial will run from September to early next year, involving up to 100 mobile and 100 fixed line customers living around the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.
Both the laboratory and live field phases will test the application of 4G LTE as a shared fixed and mobile platform.
The trial will utilise 2 x 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum and will test its capability as a long term solution to fixed broadband technology for customers who currently get low speeds or are unable to get broadband altogether.
These customers are typically in rural areas of the country, which can be extremely difficult to reach with fixed broadband technology.
The trial will take place at test sites south of Newquay in Cornwall providing a combined coverage area of 25 square kilometres, with approximately 700 premises which have no or limited access to broadband services today.
Everything Everywhere will also look to test 4G enabled mobile handsets and broadband dongles as part of the trial.
“Our ambition is to have the best 4G network and be pioneers in enabling Britain’s superfast wireless future,” said Tom Alexander, CEO, Everything Everywhere, said.
“The government has previously stated its desire for the UK to have the best in class superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, and we hope to help this vision become a reality.”
The trial will be free of charge to participants, and is being supported by the Cornwall Development Company, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei.
Residents in the St Newlyn East and surrounding area can register online their interest in the 4G wireless trial