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White space wireless broadband shown to policy makers
Wednesday 14 December 2011 18:26:07 by Andrew Ferguson

Wireless transmission at a rate of 8 Mbps over a distance of 5.6km is not that outstanding, but the key to it is that it can use unused TV spectrum, and adapt to what spectrum is actually available in a specific area. The company TTP run the demonstration at the Melbourn Science Park, to the nearby village of Orwell.

The technology currently requires an external aerial, which is not unlike other fixed wireless services that are operating with a view to providing broadband and thus services like IPTV and VoIP in the areas of the UK where broadband is slow or not available. NextGenUs is one example of a Community Interest Company providing services to these underserved areas, they use 5.8GHz kit, with fibre backhaul from the masts to give connections of 50 Mbps to 70 Mbps to properties.

NextGenUs operates without recourse to BDUK funding, and as such this means if enough interest from a community is available they can work on creating a service in an area. Precise costs and speeds will vary from area to area, but a setup fee of £150 and a monthly fee around in the £20 to £30 range appear to be the norm.


Posted by FibreGuy over 5 years ago
NextGenUs also operates as a 100% not-for-profit that reinvests surplus back into delivering FTTH for the whole community first then continues to return surplus for other projects that benefit the local community.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
There is probably little profit margin in the NEXGEN service so I would not hold your breath waiting for FTTH although you might eventualy get FTTC
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Is that 8Mb/s the total bandwidth supported by the mast or the headline connection speed? I hope it's the latter. 8Mb/s shared across 55sqkm doesn't sound very useful.
Posted by craigbrass over 5 years ago
@Bob_s2: Actually, depending on the community, the profit margin we have allows fibre reinvestment in 5-15 years depending on uptake in an area while the wireless service we deploy initially deploys a service at generally 50Mbps+ which is beyond what most people require at the moment anyway.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
Even if you achieve that you will not be able to deliver FTTH in 15 years. The cost of deploying fibre would be more than the total revenues over the 15 years
Posted by craigbrass over 5 years ago
@Bob_s2: You cannot make this judgement without knowing our numbers...
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
I dont need to know the numbers to be able to make a preety good estimate. You are looking at in the region of about a £1000 to £5000 per home passed depending on how rural an area is.
Posted by craigbrass over 5 years ago
@Bob_s2: Check out the BBC Click video when we deployed FTTH to Ashby de la Launde. It mentions we managed to get the cost down to <£1k per property and that is a very rural area with properties spread outside the village centre. Even if say only 30% of subscriptions at £30pm, that brings in this amount over 10 years. Services that do exactly what they say on the tin :)
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