Vtesse Networks have announced plans to run a super-fast fixed wireless broadband trial in Chapel Plaister, a rural community in Wiltshire. The small hamlet near Corsham comes in the third of the population which the government believe will be, for economic reasons, unlikely to receive broadband above the universal service obligation speed of 2Mbps.
"The Government's Digital Britain report usefully identified the problems of broadband deployment to the Final Third of the population where competition alone may not provide speeds that meet or exceed 2Mbits per second, and where investment in fast broadband infrastructure is unlikely to happen unassisted. We aim to explore the regulatory changes and Government support required to bring equitable and competitive levels of fast broadband service to rural settlements like Chapel Plaister."Aidan Paul, (Chief Executive) Vtesse)
The wireless trial which will start in early 2010 will test a mixture of point to multipoint, WiMAX and WiFi technologies, and aims to deliver speeds of up to 20Mbps. For further information and to register interest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.