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More rural broadband at speeds well in excess of USC
Wednesday 17 February 2010 22:05:20 by Andrew Ferguson

Residents in Newton and Stape, both located in North Yorkshire can now look forward to vastly improved broadband coverage thanks to Fibrestream and its NextGenUs strategic partnership.

The deployment of a wireless network fed by fibre based broadband is not exactly new, but the issue for many areas of the UK is finding someone willing to do the leg work and getting funding to build the infrastructure. In the case of Newton and Stape it has taken a fibre feed from a school that runs for 20km into the village to then be fed out to the wireless network. The NextGenUs blog has pictures of the hardware used.

The Fibrestream approach is interesting as it is a firm that builds the networks, but these are built so that they can be handed over to the users/community it was built for. The about page on Fibrestream's website goes into more detail over how their approach works.

With the service supplying up to 10Mbps now, and with apparently potential to increase capacity to handle 100Mbps in the future, there is some degree of future proofing. With the forthcoming Universal Service Commitment (supported by both major political parties) setting a target of 2Mbps, then if firms like Fibrestream can meet and exceed this for a reasonable price they stand a good chance of winning work when the nascent Network Development and Procurement Group finally starts working on tenders. A lot hinges on how the USC is handled, e.g. single contracts for a UK region, or will it have a much greater resolution allowing solutions more suited to individual community needs.


Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Well done to fibrestream and NextGenU on bringing an area a resonable alternative, hope it is a success for them.
Posted by mervl over 7 years ago
As a fixed wireless residential user on a commercial service, I appreciate that speeds are often the only "headline" that interest commentators,but it's the reliability and consistency of FW that matters if you've long line ADSL.
Posted by alwall over 7 years ago
From their blog "NextGenUs UK CIC is bound by regulation to reinvest the surplus generated from operating the network and will do so by deploying FttH (Fibre to the Home) connections to local residents and businesses over the course of 2010"
Posted by mikeblogs over 7 years ago
Must be congratulated, how refreshing, hope the Rates man does not get in the way of progress.

Fibre as far as they can and then a relay of radios.

I would love to know the cost per bit compared to BT's BET.
Posted by Dixinormous over 7 years ago
Good for them - this is the way to go. Stuff waiting for the government to take care of everything just get on with it and do it yourselves.
Posted by otester over 7 years ago
If Kijoma can do 50Mbps / 10Mbps then VM is even screwed.
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
But how many houses in a street can wireless deliver 50M/10M to at the same time ? One ?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 7 years ago
Oh Herdwick, how many houses can adsl deliver up to 2meg to from an exchange? this is tons better than anything BT can do for these people... I think they are to be congratulated for their JFDI innovation. Rock on, Power to the People.
Posted by Somerset over 7 years ago
What do the users pay and what does the school charge for the connection?
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
This is why I dont understand why fibre been fed to public buildings isnt used more in bad coverage areas, my local co-op is renting bandwidth from a local school since a BT dsl a while back. It gives money back to the public sector as well.
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
in my last post I meant a BT dsl related outage.
Posted by alwall over 7 years ago
Wireless appears to be a temporary solution in Newton and Snape pending the rollout of FTTH by NextGenUs in 2010
Posted by otester over 7 years ago
Quite a lot of the south is being covered more by Kjioma, with the eventual speed being 50/10 (currently areas around Portsmouth).

Even better than VM... (not too sure about usage allowances though for the 'unlimited' option).
Posted by otester over 7 years ago

Well if VM can get away with minimum backhaul per cab and that provides reasonable speeds, I'd guess just having to feed 1 transmitter should be relatively easy.
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