UK 4G network landing in September

Big news - the UK's first live 4G network will begin broadcasting in September.

Bad news - it's just a trial for a couple of hundred people in the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.

But still, it's a start eh? Rome wasn't built in a day.

The trial is a team effort from BT and Everything Everywhere and will use two 10MHz of test 800MHz spectrum, with a view to seeing if it's a viable option for rural areas that are unable to get fast broadband.

The trial area is 25 square kilometres and it's an area that suffers from limited broadband, where up to 700 premises are unable to download a Justin Bieber video as quickly as the rest of us - imagine the horror.

Tom Alexander, CEO of Everything Everywhere, said: "Our ambition is to have the best 4G network and be pioneers in enabling Britain’s superfast wireless future.

"We strongly believe that, by sharing our network and mobile assets in this way, we can make a valuable contribution to the economics of rural broadband services.

"Our work with BT is providing a test bed for new technologies such as 4G LTE which, with the correct allocation of sub 1GHz spectrum from the Government, has the potential to make a real impact on the way in which we communicate in the future."

If you live in the region, and want to take part in the trial then you can sign up at www.4gwirelessbroadbandtrial.co.uk.

See also - What is 4G?

And - Ofcom: 4G to be 3.3x more efficient than UK 3G