In the field with Newquay 4G trials

In the field with Newquay 4G trials

Summary: Everything Everywhere and BT have demoed their ongoing 4G trial in Cornwall, which is providing speeds of up to 20Mbps to people in rural areas without the need for fixed-line broadband connections


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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.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

  • Everything Everywhere trials 4G - live demo

    BT and Everything Everywhere demonstrated the capacity of the network, running several speed tests that returned results between 4Mbps and 21Mbps. Ping times, which are important for things like online gaming, were between 30ms and 70ms.

    The companies said they were surprised by the number of devices users were connecting to each router, which in some cases included up to 10 devices.

    The image above shows the 4G connection in use under live network conditions — meaning the trial participants were still using the services as normal — to download a file (top left), upload a file (top right), stream a video online and use Google Maps (bottom right).

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

Topics: Broadband, Networking

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  • I wonder if the company carrying out the tests in the 800MHz band would tell us how many cases of interference to TV sets they had. I have read where the roll out of the 4G network will cause massive interference (millions of sets) to private TV sets. The article in question was on the BBC ceefax service. In my opinion they are keeping this information deliberately from the UK public.
  • Sadly the Newquay trials won't help. 4G threatens Freeview at the top end of the spectrum - Channel 52 up, with Ch 60 the worst.

    While Newquay is served by Caradon Hill, right at the low end of 'the dial'.

    Many transmitters will move to lower frequencies, resulting in another mass re-tune in the coming year. Though many homes will lose many channels thanks to 4G, fitting filters will supposedly help most.

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