Telecoms operators Everything Everywhere and BT have commenced their joint 4G broadband trial in Cornwall, it has been reported.
The south Newquay pilot scheme is seeking to test the viability of long-term evolution (LTE) services – which promise to increase mobile broadband speeds – in the UK.
Spectrum in the 800MHz radio band, which was previously used for analogue television services, will be utilised during the trial.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive of Everything Everywhere – the UK parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, said that before long, more people will be accessing the internet on their mobile devices than on their PCs.
"That means we need the right kind of networks in place to deliver the right kind of experience for our customers," he added.
"This next-generation mobile network will allow individuals and businesses across Britain to access the people, places and things they want, wherever they are, whenever they want."
Nigel Stagg, Chief Executive of BT Wholesale, said BT is committed to working with the government and using technology innovation to find ways of addressing the remaining challenges within the UK where there are still broadband 'not-spots'.
"The final ten per cent of the country is exceedingly difficult to reach with the available standard fixed line solutions," he added.
"Our proof-of-concept trial in Cornwall will test the capabilities and services that a shared fixed and mobile data network can support."
Mr Stagg explained that 4G LTE broadband is just one of the options, along with fibre and other mobile and wireless technologies, that BT is looking at to offer a possible solution to the UK's rural broadband challenge'.
Last week, BT announced plans to launch commercial 300Mb broadband services in major urban areas during 2012.
The firm is also continuing to roll out fibre services across the UK in order to deliver super-fast broadband to new areas.
The firm has also reduced the cost of physical infrastructure access for rival broadband providers looking to provide broadband deals via its network.
BT Openreach said this should help speed-up the delivery of high-speed broadband to remote rural areas.