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 dongle

    The 4G dongle looks very similar to a standard Wi-Fi dongle and has been provided by Huawei for the trial. It has a microSD expansion slot, which means it can also be used as a USB storage key.

    The companies could not say how much the high-speed mobile broadband service will cost consumers when it eventually makes it to market. However, they said the price is expected to be "comparable" with the monthly cost of fixed-line broadband.

    They also declined to put a figure on the data allowance in the package, but again said it would be comparable to existing services.  

    Everything Everywhere would not reveal how much data is being used on average by participants in the trial. 

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  • Everything Everywhere trials 4G range-extending aerial

    The 800MHz band was previously reserved for use by analogue TV. As the switch-over to digital TV has already been completed in Cornwall, the companies were allowed to use the spectrum temporarily to test the 4G services.

    Unsurprisingly given its previous use for transmitting television content, the signal-boosting aerials that have been fitted in some local communal areas and on participants' homes look very similar to a traditional TV aerial. Everything Everywhere said only 13 percent of participants needed the external aerial to receive a signal, which was a lower number than it had anticipated due to the fluctuating terrain.

    Owing to repeated delays to the 4G spectrum auction — needed to allocate available spectrum fairly between the major mobile operators — it is unlikely that 4G services will be available to consumers in the UK before 2014.

    On Tuesday, Ofcom chief Ed Richards accused operators of 'gaming the system' and warned that the government could take back regulatory powers if perpetual threats of litigation lingered over the upcoming auction.

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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.
    derfledermause
  • 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.

    See http://www.ukfree.tv/fullstory.php?storyid=1107051834 and http://www.ukfree.tv/fullstory.php?storyid=1107051940
    woodface7