BT and the mobile carrier Everything Everywhere teams for trials of a new fourth-generation high-speed mobile broadband in Cornwall. BT inviting people to bid for a place on the trial through a web-based system.
“200 computer users in rural Cornwall will be the guinea pigs for trials of a new superfast wireless broadband system. The tests, to begin in September and run for at least three months, will use the new “4G” wireless technology, also known as “LTE” (for “Long Term Evolution”), and involve 100 mobile and 100 fixed-line customers living near the Newlyn East area of south Newquay in Cornwall.
During the test period BT will decide on the viability of a wider rollout, which could solve the problem of “notspots” that cannot get high-speed connections via telephone wires.”
The tests will take advantage of the 800MHz band, which was freed up when Cornwall switched off their analogue television service in 2009.
BT hopes that the new technology could answer the call from the previous Labour government to have every household in Britain able to access the internet at a minimum speed of 2Mbps. The Coalition government have echoed the sentiment, but the biggest problem is that providing people in remote areas with such a high speed over phone lines would be costly and inefficient. Should the new LTE tests go well, it could be what BT needs to meet the Coalition’s demands.
[via: The Guardian]