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BT Openreach to Conduct UK Field Trial of Rural Mobile Infill Solution

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 (10:12 am) - Score 1,726
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BTOpenreach, which maintains BT’s national UK telecoms network, has announced plans to launch a full field trial of its new Mobile Infill Infrastructure Solution (MiiS). The small cells based product is designed to leverage the existing fixed line network to provide mobile services into parts of the country that suffer from “non-existent or patchy” coverage.

Openreach has already “successfully completed” its initial Proof of Concept Trial, which began in January 2013 (here), and they’re now on the hunt for a Communications Provider (CP) to help take part in a full field trial before the commercial product is introduced.

The operator claims that its field trial, which should run for six months, will be limited to 8 sites and a maximum of 4 trialists (i.e. 2 sites each). It will commence just as soon as Openreach can find a CP that’s willing to agree to their terms.

BTOpenreachs Statement

Any participating trialist will be required to provide specific equipment, trial performance information and support. The purpose of the trial will be to test technology, radio coverage performance and end to end processes. The trial will require participants to provide live services to end users. Trial charges will be applied to each trial site and will be payable by the trialist. Further information on trial scope, processes, trial charging and terms and conditions are available on request.

In order to participate, a trialist will be required to provide suitable radio and ancillary equipment, order connectivity from the Openreach portfolio and an appropriate level of resource to work with Openreach to install and test this as part of the Openreach trial solution.”

Openreach hopes to have selected its CP trialists by no later than 24th December 2013 and thus we probably won’t hear about the final outcome until the middle of 2014.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    What sort of companies is BT envisaging that they will work with?

    As for instance here, both Three and EE have their own networks with their own backhaul and are already providing services commercially.

    I can’t immediately see why they would be interested in working with BT, yet they are the ones with readily available infrastructure.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Its for patchy or no coverage areas isn’t it? So areas that are not already covered by 3 and EE etc

    2. Avatar JNeuhoff says:

      This is just one of BTs many publicity stunts, they do trials all the time, most of them never leading to any commercially viable services.

    3. Avatar Phil says:

      It would seem that way as most mobile networks cover around 95-98% already. NOTE as usual no info as to when this will see light of day or where, just more BT mythware.

    4. Avatar DTMark says:

      “It will commence just as soon as Openreach can find a CP that’s willing to agree to their terms.”

      I suspect this is where it will have a problem.

      Terms and Conditions:

      1. The provider shall pay BT the sum of X per annum for the service.

      2. BT shall provide something in return for that payment. BT is not obligated to provide the something at all times or at any particular times, or to any particular level of quality. However the fee in (1) shall remain payable at all times.

  2. Avatar cyberdoyle says:

    is this sorta femtocell type stuff? If its being done in “non-existent or patchy” coverage for mobile then how they gonna get a feed for it, because those areas usually don’t have any adsl either…

    They’ll have to put in a fibre feed. LOL.

    1. Avatar Peter Ford says:

      Dont’t forget BT purchased a significant amount of 4G spectrum earlier this year, which could also be used to provide a 2G/3G mobile coverage solution, using Femtocells. .

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