BT begins first UK 4G trials in the South West of England

Idyllic Cornwall is the setting for BT’s opening live trials for 4G LTE mobile standards ahead of the auction which will kick start after a little delay in 2012.

British Telecom has teamed up with Everything Everywhere, the collective name of T-Mobile and Orange UK networks to test the next generation communications in St. Newlin East and South Newquay.

These tests will allows BT to find out what kind of speeds for mobile broadband we can expect when 4G rolls out in the United Kingdom. Cornwall, being a mostly rural region, with limited physical access for cabling these conditions should truly put the technology to the test. 400 lucky locals will be first in the country to use experience 4G and join in with the testing, relaying those experience via an online survey.

BT aims to deliver at least 2Mbps to the Cornwall area when 4G touches down and is available for full public use and BT Wholesale’s CEO Nick Stagg says of the trials “BT is committed to working with the government and using technology innovation to find ways of addressing the remaining challenges within the UK were there are still broadband ‘not-spots’. The final ten per cent of the country won’t be covered by government funds and is exceedingly difficult to reach with the available standard fixed line solutions.”

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