Everything Everywhere has launched a 4G LTE mobile broadband trial in Cumbria.
The owner of Orange and T-Mobile the UK's first 4G LTE trial in the North of England is live in Cumbria. The network is being tested by local businesses which are seeing speeds of 20Mbps. See also: O2 and Vodafone join forces for 4G rollout.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere said: "Business will benefit hugely from fast mobile broadband connectivity and the growth, investment and jobs that it will deliver. The UK must start catching up now with the nearly 40 other countries that have deployed 4G LTE to maintain its competitiveness."
Everything Everywhere said the trial was launched in May by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and local MP, Rory Stewart. The area was selected because it has insufficient or unreliable broadband.
The firm said data speeds can vary due to factors including the number of people using the network and distance to a mast. The Cumbria trial will be "key to understanding how this LTE [4G] technology will perform in real life conditions."
Corin Burdon of Keswick Web Design said: "Having recently been accepted onto Everything Everywhere's 4G trial in Threlkeld I'm pleased to say the benefits to my business have been immediately noticeable with a large increase in consistent and useable connection speeds, which are typically 3-4 times faster than my existing landline broadband."