Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale to deliver the UK’s first
live customer trial of 4G superfast broadband technology
• Trial to showcase the benefits and potential of 4G LTE¹ technology for
• The collaboration will see mobile and fixed broadband coming together
for the first time in the UK
• The field trial will be launched in Cornwall, and will be the first of its kind
in the UK to involve customers
May 25th, 2011. United Kingdom. Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have today announced a
collaboration that will see the first live trial of next generation 4G LTE¹ high speed broadband to
customers. The live proof of concept trial is the first of its kind in the UK and will see the two
companies sharing their fixed telecommunications and mobile technology to provide high speed
wireless broadband to customers in rural Cornwall.
An initial test at BT’s laboratories at Adastral Park in Suffolk is already underway, with the field trial
set to test realistic broadband data speeds outside of laboratory conditions. The field trial will start
this September and run to early next year, involving up to 100 mobile and 100 fixed line customers
living around the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall. Both the laboratory and live field
phases will test the application of 4G LTE as a shared fixed and mobile platform. The field trial will
utilise 2 x 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum and its capability as a compelling and long term
complementary solution to fixed broadband technology for customers who currently get low speeds
or are unable to get broadband altogether will be tested. These customers are typically in rural
areas of the country, which can be extremely difficult to reach with fixed broadband technology.
The trial will take place at test sites South of Newquay in Cornwall providing a combined coverage
area of 25 square kilometres, with approximately 700 premises which have no or limited access to
broadband services today. Everything Everywhere will also look to test 4G enabled mobile handsets
and broadband dongles as part of the trial.
Residents in the St Newlyn East and surrounding area who wish to learn more or who may want to
participate in the trial can register their interest at www.4Gwirelessbroadbandtrial.co.uk. The trial
will be free of charge to all triallists. The trial is being implemented with support from technology
partners Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei. The Cornwall Development Company is also
supporting the trial.
Tom Alexander, CEO, Everything Everywhere, said: “ Our ambition is to have the best 4G network
and be instrumental in enabling Britain’s superfast wireless future .
“We strongly believe that, by sharing our network and mobile assets in this way, we can make a
valuable contribution to the economics of rural broadband services. Our work with BT is providing a
test bed for new technologies such as 4G LTE which, with the correct allocation of sub 1GHz
spectrum from the Government, has the potential to make a real impact on the way in which we
communicate in the future. The government has previously stated its desire for the UK to have the
best in class superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, and by working in partnership with BT
Wholesale we hope to help this vision become a reality.”
Sally Davis, CEO of BT Wholesale said: “BT is committed to bringing the highest speed broadband to
everyone in the UK, whether that’s over fibre, copper or airwaves. This is a great mixed economy
example of innovation and collaboration by two organisations pushing the boundaries of technology
for the benefit of customers. The expectation of what we will learn is truly exciting, as much for the
customers who are unable to get a broadband service in a number of rural communities across the
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Notes to editors
LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution technology is a fourth-generation (4G)
telecommunication technology that can reach download speeds of more than 100 megabits per
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About Everything Everywhere
Everything Everywhere Limited is the company running two of the UK’s most famous brands – T-Mobile (UK)
and Orange (UK).
Owned jointly by Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom respectively, Everything Everywhere Limited is the
UK’s biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more
than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited plans to transform the industry by
giving customers instant access to everything everywhere, offering the best value, best choice and best
network experience in the country.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than
170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and
international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move;
broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group’s revenue was £20,076 million.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all
businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt