Connected Communities, a wireless broadband network connecting schools, businesses and residents in the Outer Hebrides has been given a best exhibit award at the Bridging the Broadband Gap two day conference in Brussels. Selected from 160 projects from throughout Europe that applied and beating 9 other UK projects, it shows innovation and financial viability. Awards were selected by the participants of the conference from the 50 exhibits.
The service operates using a 5.8GHz wireless network, capable of delivering 54Mbps to subscribers. The network covers 33 locations, expanded from the original plan due to a larger number of out of reach areas than originally estimated due to the topography and distances involved. Existing masts are used where possible and new are built at strategic points throughout the five main islands.
More information is available on the Connected Communities website. Package information is available at hebrides.net with the basic Home 500 package (512Kbps), offering symmetric (same upstream as downstream) speeds for £19.99 per month.