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Kinmuck Community gains superfast broadband
Monday 22 October 2012 10:44:45 by Andrew Ferguson

Another community is showing how superfast broadband can be rolled out, this time it is the community of Kinmuck a few miles North West of Aberdeen. They have installed a fixed wireless service that uses a mast locally to distribute the signal to small antenna fixed to the outside of each property.

The backhaul for the network is a microwave link into Aberdeen running at 100 Mbps. A timeline for the project is on their blog and provides a useful guide for others thinking of taking this approach. A key factor for the project appears to have been gaining funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Comments

Posted by Spectre_01 over 4 years ago
"The Kinmuck Community broadband Service now can offer super fast broadband speeds. Our Gold service now runs at 30 meg per second symmetrical. This service is primarily aimed at business users.

Our Silver service runs at 8 meg per second down, and 2 meg per second up. And our Bronze service runs at 5 meg down, and 750k up."

So its a business option of 30/30 or 8/2 for residential. Wonder what the pricing's going to be.
Posted by StewieB over 4 years ago
Good luck to them.

Hopefully now there won't be anymore disparaging remarks on their blog about other providers like the one where whoever wrote the blog has said that Iomart are 'crap'.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
StewieB point taken. Even although Iomart are not an ISP in the N E of Scotland providing superfast bradband to the rural community <ahem> and are therefore not "another providor" And the service they gave me was poor, may be a result of trying to integrate Titan Internet into the mothership though, as Iomart are apparrently a qulaity outfit.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Spectre_01 The Kinmuck Community Broadband Service provides a range of services to the community, and is a not for profit social enterprise. Your comments on our current service offering is inaccurate. We serve residential and business and our aim is social inclusion. We are not a commercial service, but a community helping itself to get to next gen with help from Aberdeenshire Council, the Scotiish Government, the National Lottery and the EU. Plus community funding.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Pricing : 30 meg symetrical £90 quid, 8 meg down and 2 up, £49 quid, and 5 down and .750 up, £36 quid.

All incl vat. All low contention.

Its a community not for profit social enterprise.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
http://www.villagesos.org.uk/village/kinmuck?project=all-activity
Posted by StewieB over 4 years ago
@kinmuck_cb Regardless of whether or not they offer the same speed of broadband access as your group or not they are another provider. To slag them off on the official blog is extremely unprofessional.

Are there any set up fees on your packages?
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
StewieB - I removed the blog entry, the matter is closed. It was my personal view only. Lets focus on the positive shall we instead of injecting negativity into the communities efforts.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Big thanks from the Community of Kinmuck to those who have helped get us where we are today. Thanks to Cisco Systems, Ceragon, Ruckus Wireless, Ubquiity, Cable and Wireless.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Big thanks from the Community of Kinmuck to Network DNA, Sitenett Systems, Bridge Systems, Microsoft, Scottish and Southern Energy, The Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire council, the EU, the Big Lottery.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Big thanks from the Community of Kinmuck to the whole community for its support of the project, and the local MPs that have helped.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
And Professor Peter Buneeman from Edinburgh University, and their Department of Informatics.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Whilst I am aboyt it thanks to Geoff at MS Distribution, and Katie at Selcomms. And Mick at Mobile Signs, and Dave at Mearns Installations. And the local farmers who helped - Pat Donald and Co.
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
Oh yes, and thanks to the 80 other people in the supply chain who did their bit to help the Community of Kinmuck get broadband at last.
Posted by StewieB over 4 years ago
Are there any set up charges or plans to increase speeds?
Posted by kinmuck_cb over 4 years ago
StewieB - setup charges vary according to survey but usually around £150. We hope to get everyone on >24mb/sec within 10 months. Our Gold service is running at 30 mb/sec, this may be increased if there is demand for it.The maximum speed we can practically run at is 100 mb/sec to the customer premesies at the moment.
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