Friday, June 29, 2012

Everything Everywhere 4G trial update


Further to my posts last month (here and here), Everything Everywhere have now published further information about their 4G trial in Cumbria (commentary from ISP Review here). From the Everything Everywhere press release:
"Employees of various local businesses in the Threlkeld area are testing 4G LTE using both dongles and routers. The trial is achieving speeds of 20 Mpbs, allowing the businesses to achieve new levels of productivity. The area was selected as the location for the trial as it currently has insufficient or unreliable broadband. As data speeds can vary due to a number of factors including the number of people using the network, physical factors such as distance to a mast, building density and geographical terrain, the live network trial in Cumbria will be key to understanding how this LTE technology will perform in real life conditions. The triallists include a regional office of United Utilities, the Blencathra Centre field studies educational facility situated on the side of Blencathra Mountain, the King Kong Climbing Wall, a manufacturing company and multiple web developers."
A few days earlier the company issued this video describing their 4G trials in Cornwall, in collaboration with BT Wholesale:
"Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have collaborated to conduct the UK’s first live customer trial of next generation 4G LTE broadband. The trial saw the two companies share their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide wireless broadband to customers across 25 square kilometres of rural Cornwall. The 4G LTE trial in Cornwall focussed on extending reach and accessibility of broadband to customers in rural areas, helping the government to reach its target to extend broadband of at least 2Mbps to the last 10% of the population by 2015."
Previously Everything Everywhere reported that more companies were backing their 4GBritain campaign (as discussed in this previous post):
"Everything Everywhere, the company that runs T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, has announced that eight new supporters including Stuff magazine, PC Advisor and construction group Kier, have demonstrated their backing of a 4G roll out in the UK by becoming supporters of the 4GBritain website. Momentum behind the site has continued since its April launch, with a total of 33 businesses and organisations now official supporters – including the National Farmers Union, The Huffington Post, and Capgemini – amid concern that Britain is falling behind the rest of the world in the roll out of 4G LTE networks. The website’s newest supporters are Kier Group, Macworld, Muzicall, Myallsearch.com, Net Trajectory, PC World, Stuff magazine and Zentek Forensics, further demonstrating the wide range of industries that would benefit from a 4G network roll out."
No word yet from Ofcom on whether Everything Everywhere will be able to deploy 4G services nationally in advance of the forthcoming spectrum auction (more here). In an interview with IT Pro this week, the company hit out at rivals Vodafone and O2, blaming them for holding up the roll out of 4G networks in the UK.

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