Yet another step to convert the UK from 3G to 4G, as Everything Everywhere (the merger between T-Mobile and Orange) and BT team up to kick start LTE (Long-Term-Evolution) technology trials in South Newquay (Cornwall) UK.
It has been said that the expected download speeds that will be reached during the trials are to be roughly up to 1Gbps.
The spectrum that will be used in the trial is going to be the 800MHz frequency band and the trial is to commence this September and finish roughly at some point in 2012.
The statement regarding the 4G trial is as follows:
“The trial will take place in a combined coverage area of 25 square kilometres, with approximately 700 premises which have no or limited access to broadband services today, enabling you to surf the internet faster and more effectively than ever before.
“What we need now are 200 volunteers to take part. The trial will start this September and run to early next year, involving up to 100 mobile and 100 fixed line customers.
“There is no cost and no risk on your part. Everything Everywhere and BT will be picking up the bill for all of this and our teams of experienced engineers will fit all of the equipment you need and even provide you with an up-to-date 4G-ready dongle to use.”
For those who would like to participate in the 4G venture this is the place to go: 4gwirelessbroadbandtrial.co.uk.
Other firms that will help the project are as follows, Nokia, Siemens, Huawei and the Cornwall Development Company (CDC).