Birmingham City Council partners with UK Broadband for 4G trial

20 Oct 2010

Birmingham City Council has announced that it is to run trials of 4G technology in partnership with UK Broadband (UKB), the subsidiary of Hong Kong-based PCCW Group which paid GBP12.5 million (USD18.4 million) in cash for the WiMAX spectrum licences previously held by Daisy Communications. According to 24dash.com, it is believed that the council and UKB will trial the 4G technology at Birmingham Science Park, with Raj Mack at Digital Birmingham, which is spearheading the Digital Districts programme noting: ‘We are looking to a mix of technologies to support Birmingham’s aspirations of establishing an ultra-fast digital infrastructure and this trial may help us establish the role that wireless technologies could play in delivering these aspirations … The 4G trial will provide end-user feedback and valuable information about the capabilities of the wireless technologies including next generation CCTV systems. The first phase of the trial is restricted geographically to Birmingham Science Park but will present the council with the ability to experience a cohesive wireless infrastructure.’