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Fixed wireless being considered for parts of North Dorset and South West Wiltshire
Thursday 06 February 2014 16:15:12 by Andrew Ferguson

Fixed wireless broadband has been growing in popularity quietly and while the reputation can vary from operator to operator, there are plenty of good news examples if you dig beyond the headlines about BT that fill most coverage. It seems that the Superfast Dorset project is being supportive of Wessex Internet who already operate in parts of rural North Dorset and South West Wiltshire.

The support is not as clear cut as for example in Lincolnshire where funding is already delivering improvements in areas of the county. In the case of Dorset it looks to be encouragement to apply for a share of the £10 million Government fund that opens on 17th March and replaces the old RCBF project.

Kind words may not pay the bills and guarantee funding, but after the problems of identifying the larger project coverage areas a supporting voice in the council could go a long way to getting the all important detail on intervention areas, and thus carve out the necessary area so that EU State Aid rules are not broken. Of course there is always the option of creating a voucher scheme, as Wales and the SuperConnected cities scheme has done to avoid this stumbling block, which can be useful in removing the stumbling block of set-up fees.

Wessex Internet has around 30km of fibre in the ground linking numerous masts and has some 2,000 customers across 30 communities and thus is no stranger to the challenges of rural areas, and by utilising Gigabit fibre to the masts should have no problem offering a 30 Mbps service to those really rural areas where properties are too dispersed to be economic (even with some subsidy) using fixed line technology.

Mark Jackson over on ISPReview spotted this good news snippet. Hopefully the support will prove to be more than lip service, and with fixed wireless generally having a shorter lead time to deploy may mean those hardest to reach areas of North Dorset and South West Wiltshire get a service that lets them do more than just wait for video to buffer.


Posted by prlzx over 3 years ago
Fixed wireless can and does provide a service where wired links are difficult / impossible / to expensive for blanket coverage.

In balance you the headline speeds of Next Generation Access are only maintained if masts can fit enough (narrower) sectors so that you can have a sensible limit on numbers of connections on a given sector.

Overloaded wireless links will suffer somewhat like over-contended ADSL
Posted by michaels_perry over 3 years ago
Some members of the public are already very concerned about the emissions from fixed masts used for traditional TV and mobile signals (whether rational or not). Adding more masts carrying signals for internet connectivity will only increase concerns that the radiological environment is becoming too stressful for humans. We need better information and better non-radiating systems to reduce the RF environmental load on humans and animals alike. Wireless broadband is to some a challenge.
Posted by WWWombat over 3 years ago
Strangely, michaels_perry, you have it the wrong way around.

It is the power of transmissions that is the source of risk to humans.

Adding more masts allows more people to be reached using lower power transmitters. This is because the average distance between subscriber and mast is reduced - meaning less power is needed.

And by the inverse-square law, if you halve the distances, you only need a quarter of the power.

Having more masts is the other solution to @prlzx's problem: it also adds capacity, just like adding sectors.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
Check out:
Unfortunately without a good understanding of how radiation can affect you, it is very difficult to rationalise the problem.
Just think of how many times you visit the dentist(xray) or fly a transatlantic flight, I wonder do the same people consider that is more direct radiation exposure than you'd ever expect to get from a wireless transmitter.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
*not the same type of radiation, but food for thought none the less.
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