Everything Everywhere Trials LTE in Cornwall

UK's first customer trial of LTE mobile broadband goes live in Cornwall

October 10, 2011

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LONDON -- Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale today announced that the first live trial of next generation 4G LTE broadband in the UK has begun in Cornwall. The landmark trial sees the two companies collaborate to provide wireless broadband to approximately 200 customers living in St. Newlyn East and the surrounding area of South Newquay, which has low or no broadband service available.

The customer trial, the UK’s first test of an LTE solution which can be deployed to both mobile and fixed line customers, follows a successful eight week laboratory trial which rigorously tested the network deployment in simulated conditions. The purpose of the laboratory testing was to prove it would be possible to share, manage and optimise valuable radio resources between two service providers.

The field trial will now examine the experience of live triallists to help both Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale test and better understand realistic 4G LTE speeds, as well as general mobile broadband data service conditions in rural areas.

As data speeds can vary due to a number of factors including the number of people using the network, physical factors such as distance to a mast, building density and geographical terrain, the live network trial in Cornwall will be key to understanding how this LTE technology will perform in real life conditions.

One hundred mobile and one hundred fixed-wireless broadband triallists living in a 25 square kilometre area in Cornwall will test the application of 4G LTE as a shared fixed and mobile platform, using 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum. The trial, which attracted more than 400 local residents to register through an open invitation, was kicked off with a series of Everything Everywhere and BT workshops and home visits to familiarise all participants with the technology, test conditions and the feedback assessments during the live field trial.

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