BT's 4G technology trial paves the way rural broadband pilot

4G LTEBT Wholesale and Everything Everywhere have come up with an innovative new way that could bring broadband to rural areas.

The two companies plan to share their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to see if 4G LTE is a viable way to extend the reach of fast broadband.

The solution uses next-generation 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology that can reach download speeds of more than 100 megabits per second.

An initial test at BT’s laboratories at Adastral Park in Suffolk is already underway, with a field trial in Cornwall set to test realistic 4G broadband data speeds outside of laboratory conditions.

The trial will start this September and run until early next year. It will involve 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.

Said Sally Davis, chief executive of BT Wholesale: “BT is committed to bringing the highest speed broadband to everyone in the UK, whether that’s over fibre, copper or airwaves.

“This is a great mixed economy example of innovation and collaboration by two organisations pushing the boundaries of technology for the benefit of customers.

“The expectation of what we will learn is truly exciting, as much for the customers who are unable to get a broadband service in a number of rural communities across the country,” she said.