BT reveals plans for LTE tests in the UK

A joint plan by BT and Everything Everywhere was revealed today to start testing a new fourth-generation mobile internet technology. LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, has picked up momentum on the other side of the Atlantic, but so far British Internet users have been left in the cold. Now, plans have been made to let a select group of testers in Cornwall use a trial service, due to go live in September.

According to The Guardian, 200 lucky initial testers will be able to try out the blazing-fast service for at least three months, during which BT will decide on the viability of a wider rollout. A combination of fixed and mobile users will have access, the first time such a trial has been done with wireless connections. The tests will take advantage of the 800MHz band, which was freed up when Cornwall switched off their analogue television service in 2009.

BT hopes that the new technology could answer the call from the previous Labour government to have every household in Britain able to access the internet at a minimum speed of 2Mbps. The Coalition government have echoed the sentiment, but the biggest problem is that providing people in remote areas with such a high speed over phone lines would be costly and inefficient. Should the new LTE tests go well, it could be what BT needs to meet the Coalition's demands.

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While here in the UK, the target is 2Mbps. Korea is laughing as they aim for Gigabit.

The reason it's so expenive to fibre the UK is because so many companies wanting to do it, with different networks everywhere.
Our country is about the same size as one state in the US.

SCRISP said,
While here in the UK, the target is 2Mbps. Korea is laughing as they aim for Gigabit.

The reason it's so expenive to fibre the UK is because so many companies wanting to do it, with different networks everywhere.
Our country is about the same size as one state in the US.

The reason it's expensive to lay fibre optic cable is because of population density. Unless you go in through already available means (sewers, etc.) you have to start digging up significant amounts of urbanised locations.

SCRISP said,
While here in the UK, the target is 2Mbps. Korea is laughing as they aim for Gigabit.

I'm laughing as the majority of Koreans live in apartments.

I'd like to see VM forced to unbundle their network. They have a monopoly on fibre in most cities.

It is not the urban areas that is the problem it is getting fibre-optic to all the countryside, especially when some areas only have a few people it is not cost-effective for any business to run a cable 3 miles across countryside.

Instead they need to rely on European funding or government funding which the latter is non-existent at the moment.

Examinus said,

The reason it's expensive to lay fibre optic cable is because of population density. Unless you go in through already available means (sewers, etc.) you have to start digging up significant amounts of urbanised locations.

This.

Does this not make BT the telecoms whore? Initially owning Cellnet, now O2. Then their partnership with Vodafone for the BT Fusion services. And now EE for LTE? Greedy sods!

Jokes aside, it's about time this got off the ground in the UK.

Interesting. Are BT going to go into the mobile phone business, or are they going to sell of the service via BT Wholesale like they do with their phone lines?

Meph said,
Interesting. Are BT going to go into the mobile phone business, or are they going to sell of the service via BT Wholesale like they do with their phone lines?

It wouldn't be the first time they went into that business. Interesting going in with Everything Everywhere, could be a very big network considering they've got Three in there as well.

Meph said,
Interesting. Are BT going to go into the mobile phone business, or are they going to sell of the service via BT Wholesale like they do with their phone lines?

BT was one of the first mobile phone providers in the UK, Vodafone bet them to the punch only by a few days! Their network was called Cellnet which was bought over by O2 (telefonica) but they also still do have some mobile phone services as well.