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Investment announced to extend fixed wireless access in Northern Ireland
Wednesday 02 November 2011 13:42:17 by Andrew Ferguson

Northern Ireland with the widespread availability of FTTC solutions is almost set to meet the 2015 targets, but the story is not over yet. Those hard to reach areas where, for example, the property is too far from the cabinet, or there are too few lines on a cabinet to make it worth deploying fibre are not being forgotten. The Banbridge Leader has the basic details of forty fixed wireless broadband access points being created to address hard to reach locations.

The investment announced by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster should improve access to broadband in the rural areas of Co Down, and is based on a winning proposal by North West Electronics who have a live service up and running in some areas of Northern Ireland already. The service will provide connectivity of at least 10 Mbps, with the companies website shows they already have 50 Mbps options.

The project is due for completion by March 2012, the short timescale no doubt helped by the fibre backbone and points of presence that Project Kelvin provide.


Posted by timmay over 5 years ago
Amazing they have broken the laws of physics! "HIGH-QUALITY RECEPTION: Our Wireless service can reach outlying rural areas more effectively than alternative high-bandwidth technologies. The signal quality remains the same, whether users are a street away or 25 miles away."
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Alternative technology. Watch out Lancashire. This is what is in store for you too once you give the tender to BT in January. Cabinets and wifi, satellites and BET. You 'may' get a couple of years peace, then the whole job will be to do again. Same in Cornwall and any other county daft enough to give the funding to an incumbent telco.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Are North West Electronics an incumbent telco?
Posted by jtthedevil over 5 years ago
No offence, but if this company can provide 50mb/10mb for £25 a month with a decent transfer limit, i'll be ripping both their arms off. I have emailed them for more info. That should tide me over until 2020 when Europe roll out the fibre to my house. I'm paying £20 for phone line and 0.5mb so i'd appreciate the x100 increase for £5
Posted by mervl over 5 years ago
I still think this is a useful practical template. I've got both long distance wireless and FTTC. The Wireless service would be less than half the subscription price, and although half the peak speed has a marginally higher average speed, than the FTTC. Not a joke. Less downtime too on the wireless service over the last 15 months. It's a point to point service not "yer average" router-style throw out the signal any old way. Result is that both good for everything in my moderate internet use.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
NI has managed to deploy FTTC to almost all of NI and at a modest costs and in short timescales.
Using Wireless technology from the cabinets to the homes in the hard to reach areas is cost effective and a sensible solution

They have not broken the laws of physics short point to point wireless links have plenty of bandwidth at the frequencies used. It should not be confused with mobile technology
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Bob_s2 is spot on PTP microwave links can handle huge amounts of data and good quality 100Mbps kits are not expensive.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
@cyberdoyle - Yes the counties are daft, daft to turn down the proposal for FTTP to all homes in the county from another telco at the same price.

Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
What was the same price proposal?
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Did you miss my rolleyes Somerset ;o)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@GMAN99 which proposal? Fujitsu I presume, and since that was put on the table, which counties have they submitted bids for and lost the process?

Remember Cornwall happened before that bid was about.

Is Fujitsu promising ALL homes, or just 98%
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
I was jesting, there was no proposal. Cyberdoyle seems to think it is possible to rollout FTTP to all of these areas and hit the same amount of households for the same money as FTTC/FTTP/Alternative tech

Time and time again it comes up, there is only so much money to go around. If there was a blank cheque everyone would be getting FTTP everywhere, but that isn't the case, there's finite funds and its about doing what you can with them, not blindly putting in FTTP to only serve a small fraction of households.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
Possible the best solution for most of the UK is FTTC and then a Mesh wireless network to the homes it would be far cheaper than putting in fibre as most of the ducts to the homes are not in good condition and it is difficult to get fibre through them
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Those who "need" faster would then pay for a the service "needed". Because the only real reason you need a 100 Mbps+ service is because you need it for your job or your are a business. Your employer should pay for it if it's your job.
Posted by nimo1981 over 5 years ago
Well I use northwest electronics for my connection, and its suppose to be up to 50mb, Its never been anymore than 2mb, not even in the middle of the night. And as for their customer services, absolutely atrocious.
Posted by jtthedevil over 5 years ago
Is the service really poo nimo? I'm very close to ordering but I might as well stick to my 3 dongle if you're only getting 2mb on a 50mb service.
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