O2 UK to trial LTE in 800MHz band

20 May 2010

The UK’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, O2 UK, has been awarded a trial licence by the country’s telecoms regulator Ofcom for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the 800MHz band. According to Light Reading, the cellco is already trialing the technology in the 2.6GHz band using radio access and core equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei as part of a wider LTE trial being conducted by parent company Telefonica. It is understood that once again O2 will utilise Huawei-provided equipment for the 800MHz trials, which it will conduct in Carlisle in the third quarter of 2010. The cellco has said that it expects to be the first to test LTE in the digital dividend spectrum, and one of the core aims of the pilot is believed to be the assessment of potential interference between mobile LTE services and existing broadcast services.

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