UK Broadband delivers borough-wide 4G LTE network for Swindon
The UK's first borough-wide 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) super-fast mobile broadband service will go live across Swindon today (October 8th 2012).
Rollout of the infrastructure will take place in two phases, with the first going live this week and delivering a range of wireless broadband services to residents and businesses as an alternative to fixed-line connectivity.
Phase two, meanwhile, will involve the introduction of mobile services at an as-yet-unannounced date.
It is thought the network will provide super-fast mobile broadband coverage to more than 67,000 households and 2,600 firms in Swindon and the surrounding areas.
Internet access is delivered via a 4G box that plugs into any power socket, eradicating the need for customers to have a landline telephone.
The launch of the 4G LTE network will be followed later this month by ultra-fast microwave infrastructure, which will initially connect several council sites, before being extended to reach other local authority services and some businesses.
UK Broadband chief executive Nicholas James said: "In order to remain competitive it has become essential that local authorities look to reduce current costs and address the super-fast broadband requirements of their area."