A sign that the commercial sector has not given up on rolling out broadband services is evidenced by the launch today of ITSwisp a fixed wireless broadband service that covers Norwich, Beccles, Bungay, Fakenham, Holt, Caister.
The service is based around a mesh system centered on a main transmitter on Norwich airport industrial estate. The mesh approach means that coverage can be increased by people with a high enough building hosting a relay antenna in return for free or reduced cost broadband.
The service is offering a basic 3 Mbps downstream, 0.5 Mbps upstream with a 5GB allowance for £19.99. The top of the range is the 8 Mbps down and 1 Mbps product with a 30GB allowance for £31.99 a month, more details on the pricing, terms and conditions etc should be available on their website.
Update 11am: Standard installation of the antenna and an ethernet socket for connection to computer or your own Ethernet router is free. A wireless access point can be supplied for £39.99 or £69.99 for a Gigabit wireless router, and for those who need it a 2 PC setup option is available for £24.99. The contract is a 12 month minimum term and excess usage is charged at £5 per GB.
For those able to get ADSL/ADSL2+ at these sorts of speeds the product may not appeal, but there are many in Norfolk/Suffolk who only get slow speeds from the DSL based services so the opportunity to free themselves from Openreach infrastructure may be a welcome one.