BT and Everything Everywhere are to extend their 4G LTE trial in Cornwall after Ofcom agreed to renew their licence until June 2012.
The two companies said that the licence extension granted by Ofcom “will be beneficial to the rollout of any potential subsequent commercial service”.
The companies say the trial has so far successfully demonstrated that fixed and mobile technologies can work together to provide faster broadband in remote rural areas. Residents who previously struggled to obtain speeds of 2Mbit/s are now enjoying an average download speed of 7Mbit/s, they said.
The trial has also demonstrated that the low frequency spectrum of 800MHz is optimal for enabling broadband in remote rural areas, the operators said.