O2 UK and telecommunications solutions provider Huawei has announced successful completion of a live trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) network equipment in the UK
LTE is the project name of a new high performance air interface for cellular mobile communication systems providing the infrastructure for what is known as 4G.
The trial was tested in the Slough area, the headquarters of O2 in the UK with download rates of 150Mbps achieved – ten times faster than the fastest 3G networks.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Huawei on this LTE trial, which will allow us to better understand this emerging technology and prepare us in offering our customers next generation mobile broadband services in the future,” said Derek McManus, CTO of O2 UK.
O2’s parent company, Telefonica, announced not too long ago plans to start the trials of 4G technology in a series of markets around the world, and UK is one of them.
Rollout of the service is due to begin towards the end of 2010.