Some 200 residents of Cornwall will be able to use 4G LTE services as Everything Everywhere and BT announced that they are starting with the trial of 4G technology there.
The focus of this trial is to provide these firms with insights into the performance of 4G technology in the rural areas. It is expected that 4G will be going live across UK from 2014.
For the trial, that is to be run till the early 2012, some 400 residents applied for participation. This shows the demand for high-speed broadband even in rural areas. Out of huge number of application a total of 100 fixed and 100 mobile volunteers have been chosen who live in the region towards the South of Newquay.
On the working of the technology and feedback assessments, the firms will organize workshops with the residents who are selected to volunteer.
The fixed customers will connect through wireless via 4G base station which will pass the signal to BT’s fixed line backhaul network, while the mobile users will be receiving the LTE-enabled dongles for use with laptops.
The trial will run in small section of 800MHz and 10MHz spectrum holdings. This trial will also be supported by technologies from Nokia Siemens Network and Huawei.
Nigel Stagg, CEO BT Wholesale said, “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 technologies, along with fibre, that we are looking at to offer a possible solution to the rural broadband challenge”, reports PC Advisor (opens in new tab).