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Everything Everywhere trials 4G in Newquay
Everything Everywhere has said results from its ongoing 4G trial in Cornwall show the mobile operator is on the right track to provide high-speed internet to people in rural areas without the need for fixed-line connections.
The company has been conducting the trial in collaboration with BT since the end of September in St Newlyn East and the surrounding areas of south Newquay. The site of the trial was chosen to see how well suited the 800MHz spectrum band is to providing 4G LTE connectivity over varying terrain in a rural setting. Some of the network infrastructure was provided by Huawei.
"This is the world's first live 4G multi-operator environment, which is very important as it enables us to drive economic capability to connect the rural side of the country to broadband," Olaf Swantee, chief executive of Everything Everywhere, said at a demonstration event on Monday.
"The first objective was to see how we could find solutions to help the government reach out and connect the last 10 percent of the population [by] 2015. We're very, very confident with the results that we have seen that we can do this," he added.
Ofcom gave the company permission to use 10MHz of the 800MHz band for the trial, which will end in January 2012. The trial is using two masts and BT's fibre-connected cabinets as backhaul.
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