The Scottish Government have taken a step closer to iron out the last 1% of users who cannot get broadband at all. Following a request to register in January for those who cannot get service, a contract has been awarded worth £3.3million to Avanti Communications to deploy services to these 3,800 users.
Avanti are looking to start deploying services from July and the complete roll out will be finished within a year. Different technologies based on Satellite and Wireless networks will be used to reach the different communities of users who are spread out across different areas of the country. The distinction on how you will connect is based on the number of people in an area who want access. If there are less than 4 subscribers, a direct individual satellite dish will be used for each user. For between 4 and 29 subscribers, a Wi-Fi based wireless antenna will be used to link users to a satellite connection. For 30 or more users, wireless radio antennae will be used to link to a network that uses a DSL based connection.
Users will get 512Kbps downstream, 256Kbps upstream for £23.50 with no setup fee, or 2Mbps down / 512Kbps up for £47. More details about the complete range of packages, including those for Business, can be found on the Avanti Broadband Reach project (Scotland) webpages along with some frequently asked questions and the terms & conditions.
It is refreshing to see the commitment of the Scottish Government to ensure that no one is left out, even securing service to single users by deploying one-to-one satellite based systems where no other viable solution exists.