Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent trial LTE for rural broadband

First live LTE trial in the UK to use 800MHz spectrum freed up by the digital TV switchover

Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent trial LTE for rural broadband

Arqiva, the communications and media services company, and Alcatel-Lucent are trialling an LTE wireless technology network in the Preseli mountains in Wales.

The trial aims to demonstrate the economic and technical viability of a neutral-host wireless network as a means of extending broadband internet services to areas without broadband coverage or with speeds lower than 2Mbps.

It claims to be the first live LTE trial in the UK to use 800MHz spectrum freed up by the digital TV switchover and can deliver speeds of over 50Mbps. The Preseli mountain area has already made the digital TV switch and features a low density population with dispersed communities.

Arqiva’s neutral-host network solution is designed to offer wholesale access to all service providers and new entrants. The approach extends the reach of fixed networks, while at the same time maintaining competition at the service layer.

A shared infrastructure, combined with a single network interconnect, gives the service provider a far more cost-effective means of accessing a potential market of up to two million households.

Written by Wireless magazine
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