The trial, which uses the new 2.6GHz spectrum band, has been licensed under a test and development grant to O2’s LTE trial, which has been running at its headquarters in Slough since 2009.
The trial will run until June 2012 and according to Mobile News will see individuals from companies such as John Lewis, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the O2 Arena using the 4G technology. At peak performance, connections could provide speeds of up to 150MB per second on the spectrum.
Participants will use Samsung B3730 mobile broadband dongles, as well as some other 4G handsets from other manufactures, which are yet to be announced by O2.
The network giant’s CEO, Ronan Dunne, said of the trial: “O2 has been at the heart of the mobile data explosion over the last three years and our priority has always been to build ahead of the curve.
“Our work in London will give us a better understanding of the capabilities of 4G technology and will allow us to explore the super fast benefits it will bring to people and industry across the UK. This 4G trial is the next step on our journey to a smarter network – a network that offers a seamless, connected experience across multiple devices, locations and services.”
When launched, 4G will allow rural businesses, who cannot receive usable wired internet connections because of the distance to local exchanges, to take advantage of web-based communications such as business VoIP and Exchange email , meaning greater operational flexibility and lower costs.