Swindon is the lucky location for the trial, which started with a live LTE (Long Term Evolution) complaint call made using Motorola’s own infrastructure and a prototype LTE device.
In the future, the site will allow field trials and real world equipment testing. This will allow network operators to begin their own testing in Europe, eventually working towards the migration to 4G in the future.
Motorola EMEA Home & Networks Mobility Senior vice president and general manager Joe Cozzolino said: “Motorola is at the forefront of 4G development which will address the mobility demands of today’s consumers who are looking for personalized media experiences and operators looking to lower their cost per bit and gain a competitive advantage.
“With our latest trial network we look forward to working closely with our customers in EMEA as they transition to LTE during 2009 and beyond.”
Motorola will also have a LTE trial up and running at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from the 16-19th February 2009.
Motorola’s first commercial release of LTE solutions later in 2009 will include products for the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands to help operators increase coverage and capacity, as they try and meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.
LTE will bring true mobile broadband, offering an affordable media experience at home and on the move. From a network operator point of view (or for people who care about how the technology works), the use of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), a next-gen radio frequency technology, has incredible efficiency that results in higher capacity at a lower cost per bit. We’re not going to explain all of that here, though, but you can find out more here and via the Motorola LTE website below.
More info: www.motorola.com/experiencelte