Lucky buggers living “south of Newquay in St Newlyn East and the surrounding area” will be the first in the UK to experience super-fast 4G goodness, as BT and Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) team up for a “live proof of concept trial” starting in September.
The trial will cover an area of 25 square kilometres, and 200 volunteers will be given 4G dongles on the understanding that they’ll “put it through its paces”.
Volunteers won’t have to pay a penny, as BT and Everything Everywhere will foot the bill.
Everything Everywhere’s CEO, Tom Alexander, 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."
4G will reportedly provide speeds of up to – up to – 100Mbps on the move, and a whopping 1Gbps while stationary. Ofcom will auction frequencies to UK operators early in 2012.