A trial LTE network has gone live in the Preseli Mountains in west Wales that could pioneer the technology to help close the UK's digital divide.
As first reported by V3.co.uk on 4 November, Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent have set up the network to take advantage of freed-up TV wavelength to broadcast a mobile internet signal in the area at speeds of up to 50Mbit/s.
At the time, Arqiva's head of strategic development Jonathan Freeman said that the network would be able to broadcast over a range of 6km on the 800MHz spectrum.
He also confirmed to V3.co.uk on Wednesday that the company plans to use the network to show customers and government stakeholders what the technology can deliver.
"We are able to demonstrate fixed broadband in current 'not-spot' locations, highlighting the coverage and capacity that wireless can rapidly deliver in rural areas," he said.
"This is achieved via a combination of vehicle-based demonstrations and setting up 'fixed' antennas at a 'not-spot' location to show the performance improvement they deliver."
He explained that the fixed antenna signal goes into an LTE receiver, and is then passed to a Wi-Fi router for broadcast through the vehicle and surrounding area, and that if this were a real network, the antennas would be on the rooves of houses.
"Very shortly, LTE devices will be available that take a 4G signal in and emit Wi-Fi in a single-form factor like the 3G Mi-Fi devices you see today," he said.
Freeman added that Arqiva could also show nomadic and mobile use in the coverage area to demonstrate the additional benefits of a wireless solution, which could also enable a range of applications such as iPlayer and video conferencing.
The announcement of the network follows on from the government's strategy outlined on Monday to spend £830m to create 'Digital Hubs' throughout the UK to help all citizens benefit from the benefits of broadband.
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