Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have today announced a collaboration that will see the first live trial of next generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) high speed broadband to customers. The live proof of concept trial, beginning September 2011, is the first of its kind in the UK and will see the two companies sharing their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide high speed wireless broadband to customers in rural Cornwall providing a combined coverage area of 25 square kilometres and giving speeds of up to 100 megabits per second download to approximately 700 premises which have no or limited access to broadband services today.
The field trial will start this September and run 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.
Tom Alexander, CEO, Everything Everywhere, said:
“Our ambition is to have the best 4G network and be pioneers in enabling Britain’s superfast wireless future.”
Residents in the St Newlyn East and surrounding areas who wish to learn more or who may want to participate in the trial can register their interest at www.4Gwirelessbroadbandtrial.co.uk. The trial and equipment will be free of charge to all triallists.