Arqiva and Alca-Lu partner for UK LTE trial

9 Dec 2010

UK-based communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has announced that it is undertaking a trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology with French-US vendor in the Preseli Mountains in West Wales. The 4G technology trial, it is understood, is aimed at demonstrating the ‘economic and technical viability of a neutral-host wireless network as a route to extending broadband internet services to areas with no broadband coverage and those with speeds lower than 2Mbps’. The tests will utilise spectrum in the 800MHz band freed up following the switch off of analogue TV signals, and the decision to carry out the trials in the Preseli Mountains was motivated by the fact that the area is characterised by low population density and dispersed communities, meaning it cannot be provided with traditional fixed networks economically. Speaking about the prospects of the trial, Steve Holebrook, managing director of Arqiva’s Government, Mobile & Enterprise business, noted: ‘Arqiva’s heritage in rolling out projects of critical national infrastructure is matched by our long-standing commitment to providing solutions that are universal in their delivery. We firmly believe that the combination of LTE technology, the 800MHz spectrum and a neutral-host commercial model is the best way of providing rural communities with broadband quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.’

United Kingdom, Alcatel-Lucent, Arqiva