Clear Mobitel to trial LTE in UK
Telco plans LTE pilot in South West county of Cornwall
UK telco Clear Mobitel has plans to carry out the country's first live consumer trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the 800MHz band in Cornwall. The pilot is to be centred on the Caradon Hill area in the South Western county, which is expected to see around 300 people to take part in the first phase of the project.
Earlier, the analogue TV transmissions occupied the 800MHz radio frequency band until the digital switchover was made in April 2009 in the South West.
Clear Mobitel says it aims to ‘assess the performance of LTE to provide viable solutions in providing high speed broadband services to the rural consumer'. "This is a trial which has global ramifications for rural economies that have been shattered by the effects of the global recession," said Harpal Mann, founder and CEO of Clear Mobitel.
Andrew Elston, the regulatory affairs director of Clear Mobitel, said that the trial offers "a valuable contribution" in meeting the rural high speed broadband challenge considering that Cornwall is a rural area and also that the 800 MHz band has been predominantly dormant due to the completion of the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial TV transmission.
"We are looking to gather vitally important data about such a deployment scenario using LTE technology during this trial and how it can assist in providing the benefits of high speed broadband to all rural consumers," Elston added.