BT extends 4G trial

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BT Wholesale and Everything Everywhere have announced that they are extending their next generation 4G LTE mobile broadband trial in Cornwall.

The trial has seen the two companies collaborate to provide wireless broadband to 180 customers living in and around St Newlyn East since last October.

The extension until the end of June has been granted by Ofcom to enable the companies to continue to investigate the application of 4G LTE in rural areas. They say this will be beneficial to the rollout of any potential subsequent commercial service.

BT Wholesale CEO Nigel Stagg explained: “This trial is enabling us to see at first hand the real difference LTE is making in rural Cornwall and how it could provide an alternative mode of delivery in rural areas to complement fibre delivered broadband.

“There’s no doubt that fixed line solutions offer a faster and more reliable broadband service, but there isn’t a single silver bullet to meet the rural broadband challenge. We continue to also assess other potential solutions including other mobile and wireless technologies.”

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