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A 50Mb long-term evolution (LTE) technology trial is to be carried out in the Preseli Mountains in the west of Wales, it has been announced.

Media firm Arqiva will work alongside Alcatel-Lucent to test the capabilities of next-generation mobile broadband technology in remote areas.

The trial is to be conducted using 800MHz radio spectrum recently freed up by the switchover from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.

Steve Holebrook, Managing Director of Arqiva's Government, Mobile and Enterprise business, said the firm's heritage in rolling-out projects of critical national infrastructure is matched by its "long-standing commitment to providing solutions that are universal in their delivery".

"We firmly believe that the combination of LTE technology, the 800MHz spectrum and a neutral-host commercial model is the best way of providing rural communities with broadband quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively," he stated.

Informa Telecoms & Media recently claimed that LTE mobile broadband will not be economically viable in the UK before 2015 at the earliest.

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