In a significant achievement for UK digital infrastructure, BT Group has announced the successful completion of a live field trial where a 4G LTE cell site was backhauled over OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network for the first time. This groundbreaking trial showcased excellent results and demonstrated the potential of the network to enhance high-speed connectivity across the country.
The partnership between BT and OneWeb continues to strengthen as they build on recent successes, including achieving the first transmission of 4G data using a LEO satellite link. The completion of this live field trial marks another milestone, as it represents the first instance of backhauling a 4G LTE cell site over OneWeb’s LEO constellation and connecting it to an operator’s mobile core network through a dedicated high-performance interconnect.
Howard Watson, Chief Security and Networks Officer at BT Group, expressed excitement about the trial, which allowed them to assess the availability, throughput and latency characteristics of the LEO satellites and OneWeb’s core IP wide area network.