Everything Everywhere’s north England LTE pilot is now underway

27 Jun 2012

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between British mobile network operators Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, has revealed that consumer trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Cumbria are now underway. Having claimed that the pilot represents the first testing of the 4G technology by customers in the north of England, the operator has said that employees at a number of local businesses in the Threlkeld area are testing LTE via both dongles and routers. With customers reportedly receiving download speeds of up to 20Mbps, Everything Everywhere said it had chosen the location to test the service as it currently has ‘insufficient or unreliable broadband’. Further, it noted that as data speeds vary depending on factors including the number of people using the network, physical factors such as distance to a mast, building density and geographical terrain, the live network trial in Cumbria would improve understanding how the technology will perform in real life conditions. Commenting in the wake of the trial’s launch, Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere, noted: ‘Business will benefit hugely from fast mobile broadband connectivity and the growth, investment and jobs that it will deliver. The UK must now start catching up with the nearly 40 other countries that have deployed 4G LTE to maintain its competitiveness.’

United Kingdom, EE