BT and Everything Everywhere were in the south west of England on Tuesday to demonstrate a joint 4G approach to solving the rural connectivity problem.
The two firms have been running a trial since September with 180 triallists around the St Newlyn East area of Cornwall, designed to test and demonstrate the viability of 4G LTE networks to get rural communities online.
The triallists are split 50/50 between BT's Hub and Everything Everywhere's 4G mobile dongle, which is slightly larger than the standard 3G versions.
The network is running over the 800MHz spectrum, which the companies said is ideal for solving the rural connectivity issue as it offers greater reach and in-building coverage.
Attendees at the event were shown a live demonstration of LTE's potential. The firms showed a family downloading a film, watching HD video, uploading photos and checking a map, all at the same time and achieving a healthy 6.8Mbit/s, with a ping time of 68ms.
The hub has been able to support up to 10 devices at the same time, according to BT's Dave Axam.
"We've been asking people to download very large files at the same time, as we wanted to test the boundaries," he added.
Axam also left open the possibility of BT doing similar deals with other mobile operators for shared LTE networks, saying that there could be further opportunities, while promoting the current work with Everything Everywhere.
"We haven't got a contract in place yet. The partnership has worked well between the two of us and we happen to have the right set of assets," he said.
"But would you improve the economies further by adding other elements in? Let's crack this problem first."
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