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Ullapool and surrounding area to benefit from superfast wireless broadband
Wednesday 12 October 2016 18:49:47 by Andrew Ferguson

Ullapool, Lochbroom, Little Lochbroom, Coigach, Gruinard Bay, and Elphin are set to benefit from a new community led initiative that will see wireless broadband bringing an up to 50 Mbps service to the 1,434 premises in the area with building work starting today and due to go live in January and complete by the end of 2017.

Highland Community Broadband is the body behind the service and some 209 founder subscribers who will be the first to be connected and get 14 months service for the price of 12 have raised £85,000 to get the scheme up and running. Total cost is estimated at £164,500 with the aim of connecting 650 homes by July and a further 850 by the end of 2017.

"Besides the attraction of reliable superfast Broadband, I became a Founder Subscriber because I support the idea of community funded infrastructure projects which benefit the whole community. Even if some people cannot offer the lump sum to become a Founder Subscriber they can join the scheme when it is up and running.

It will also encourage the retention and relocation of young people and families, which will mean that existing services and local small businesses continue to be used and will help develop new businesses and enable existing ones to flourish"

Sandy Mackenzie, from Lochside

Residential services will start from £20/month and £50/month for businesses, and of course no need for telephone line rental, self install including router will be £25 or people can opt for a standard install at £100.

The service already has competition in the form of cabinets 1,2,3 & 4 on the Ullapool exchange that offer VDSL2 in the heart of Ullapool but community level projects have the great advantage of being run by local faces and thus may appeal more to those who want to eschew the anonymous large companies. We will add the planned postcodes for the wireless network ahead of the network going live, and once it is live and confirmed superfast speeds are seen add it to the coverage system.

Comments

Posted by comnut about 1 month ago
so how 'superfast' is it?? proprietary wireless to modem, and then what ?? :)
Posted by kijoma about 1 month ago
no need for phone line. lets see how long it takes openreach to receive the public funds and roll out there then.. :)

I can point to FTTP areas where NOBODY uses it , it was put in based on there being no super fast service being present. despite the incumbent operator responding to the OMR's . Nobody in those areas uses the BT line either. anybody wants some redundant copper and fibre ? Al paid for out of the public purse, going cheap :D
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 month ago
As mentioned in the article the bulk of Ullapool has VDSL2 already available.

Interesting to here that people are staying with existing wireless services when ultrafast FTTH arrives - suggests calls for a nationwide FTTH roll-out may be over stating the demand.
Posted by New_Londoner about 1 month ago
@Kijoma
To be fair, there are also areas where there is no VDSL service because the local fixed wireless provider claimed to offer service. Subsequently it has become clear that service is not available due to the topography of the area (hills, trees etc) leaving very disgruntled villages without access to fast broadband.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 month ago
Hi Broadband Watchers
When the general Broadband users of the UK has a service with a speed of 10 meg they are not interested of higher speeds as long as their installation can cope with the demand at a price they can afford. With the UK cover at 90% at 24 meg it is starting to look like BT/Openreach has got in correct to provide FTTC I feel they will start to overlay and extend their domination where there is a good investment.
Posted by TheEulerID about 1 month ago
@kijoma

You keep saying you have all these examples yet you never provide any evidence at all. Where are these areas with FTTP where you say nobody uses it? Provide some examples (and it would also be useful to know how you known nobody uses).

So put up your evidence if you want to have any credibility.
Posted by gsmlnx about 1 month ago
Living in an FTTP Openreach area, it has taken a long while for the general population to see the benefits of FTTP versus 3mbps ADSL. But currently a day doesn't go by without an FTTP install in the area.
That is in no small part due to the proliferation of online TV and mandatory access to school systems for homework. Families are seeing the benefits and are willing to pay for it as offers on FTTP are not common.
Posted by alistairs9 about 1 month ago
Thank you Blackmamba for someone on these pages expressing pragmatic sense. Stuff the faster nonsense, just get us ALL universal broadband that is fast enough,stable, supported and affordable. Let commercial stuff go hang until AFTER we have web accessibility for all households.
Posted by cyberdoyle about 1 month ago
Well done to Highland Community Broadband, reaching the places that BT can't. Although they will try to overbuild you, your customers will stay loyal, as your service is superior and will also work out cheaper, which in the end is what most punters go for. JFDI.
Posted by New_Londoner about 1 month ago
@CD
Your comments about overbuilding are unintentionally ironic! If you read the story you will see that the proposed new fixed wireless service will overbuild the existing FTTC coverage, not the other way round.

I trust that you will now complain to the relevant authorities.... ;-)
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