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Rural West Midlands to benefit from wireless broadband
Tuesday 13 July 2010 17:26:51 by John Hunt

A new project will provide broadband to 40,000 people and 2500 businesses in the rural West Midlands from October it has been announced. A 40 square mile triangle between Leominster, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells will receive universal 2Mbps wireless broadband giving people in these areas access to the Internet at reasonable speeds.

"The lack of available and reliable high-speed broadband has been identified as a barrier to economic development in rural areas and this has already been earmarked as an issue to be tackled by the new Coalition Government.

With this in mind, I am delighted that - even in today's times of austerity - we are able to bring a long-term plan to fruition by launching one of the largest rural broadband projects of its type in the UK and a potential solution that could be rolled out across the rural West Midlands and even further afield."

Peter Pawsey, (Executive Chair) Rural Regeneration Zone

£200,000 of funding has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which will be used to help fund the service from Worcester-based Airband Community Internet Ltd. Businesses will be able to benefit from a faster package which will deliver a 10Mbps service. They expect to have around 250 companies signed up by 2013 which would make the project self-sufficient.

More details on the new service and to register your interest, visit the air Airband website.

Comments

Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
But how does it work? What hardware? What frequency, 5.8Ghz?
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
..and what contention?
Posted by davolente over 6 years ago
Could be similar to the service offered by this Kent-based company, which I have no connection with (pardon the pun!) at present, but may well have later if the lousy lines in my area are not upgraded soon:
http://www.vfast.co.uk
They are wireless-based and their claimed speeds look considerably faster.
Posted by rasczak over 6 years ago
timmay, have a look at http://www.airband.ltd.uk/network.html and http://www.airband.ltd.uk/wireless_faq.html

AndrueC, contention varies with the service level, and of course cost, you choose. See http://www.airband.ltd.uk/prices.html as linked from the URL in the article.
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
@rasczak had already browsed those pages, nothing meaningful there.
Posted by rasczak over 6 years ago
timmay, I know it is not much but I did glean some info. The network page doesn't give much of a technical nature, the animation on how it works is simplistic to say the least. But it does say they mostly use Motorola kit, though not exactly what. The FAQ does say that it is 2.8Ghz, and that the box outside is not too large. More details should be on the technical info page, though I can't find that.
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
Oh Shit! It's only Wi-Fi at 2.4Ghz and ONLY 100mW output power. It's almost laughable that schemes like this are still happening, what a waste of money because it'll fail like all before it!
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
and you *need* a surge suppressor !
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