Cornwall first to trial 4G technology for speedy broadband

Man at computerBT Wholesale has underlined its commitment to use a mix of next generation access (NGA) technologies to bring broadband to remote areas of the UK.

The company has teamed up with Everything Everywhere – the parent company of T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK) – to deliver the first live UK trial of a next generation mobile 4G technology that can deliver theoretical download speeds of more than 100 megabits per second. One of the purposes of the trial is to test the likely download speeds that the technology can deliver to customers.

The trial – which kicks off in September - 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.

The trial will take place at test sites south of Newquay covering some 25km2 and around 700 premises, which currently have limited or no broadband access.

Said Sally Davis, CEO 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.”