UK Broadband has announced that Swindon will be the UK’s first local authority to benefit from 4G LTE technology across the borough. The first commercial 4G broadband service in the UK was launched by UK Broadband a few weeks ago.
As part of the project, Swindon Borough Council will benefit from upgraded data connections between sites. 4G LTE services will then be added to this network, delivering the first town-wide 4G coverage in the UK. Consumers will be able to subscribe to 4G service via resellers and local partnerships.
Nicholas James, CEO of UK Broadband, said “UK Broadband is leading the way when it comes to commercial LTE deployments in the UK. Not only are we rolling out some of the UK’s first commercial LTE networks, we are also demonstrating how this technology can be used by local authorities in urban areas to deliver next generation services and save money. By deploying our unique combination of very high speed microwave and high capacity multi-channel LTE we can deliver truly wireless towns and cities. We can also deliver super-fast home broadband in line with the government’s broadband ambitions. We have commenced building the core transmission network and have committed to delivering £480k worth of savings in the next five years for the local authority as well as enabling the introduction of innovative services and solutions for the public sector and businesses.”
The first services on the new 4G network will use fixed connections, with 4G mobile WiFi devices expected to be available from September.