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December 9, 2010

LTE mobile broadband trial kicks off in Wales

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by Darren Allan

Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent have announced that they are to trial LTE mobile broadband in Wales.

The idea is to deliver high speed (up to 50Mbps) broadband to rural communities or so-called UK “not-spots”, using the 800MHz spectrum freed up by the switch to digital TV.

The trial will take place in West Wales, the Preseli Mountains to be precise, a typical location with widespread small communities which aren’t economically viable to be hooked up to existing fibre networks.

Steve Holebrook, Managing Director of Arqiva’s Government, Mobile & Enterprise business, commented: “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.”

This could certainly be one potential string to the government’s broadband bow, which is aiming to get full coverage across the whole of the UK by 2015.

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