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Three hands out mobile broadband hardware to improve broadband

An alliance between mobile network Three, the Countryside Alliance and Race Online 2012, has seen MiFi devices being handed out to residents in Kaber, near Brough in Eden Valley, Cumbria.

Residents are being given a years free access to mobile broadband via the MiFi devices, and a free public mobile internet hotspot given to the village hall. Kaber is a small community that suffers from being in the no-mans land between two small telephone exchanges, and thus has had poor or no broadband for years.

The MiFi unit will be familiar to many of our visitors, and along with other portable 3G mobile broadband routers they often appear to outperform the mobile broadband performance offered by handsets and the standard USB mobile broadband dongles.


Great stuff! We can get lots of case studies out of this, the good and the bad, and what a great stop gap solution until we get the fibre to all these places. This is the livestream, from a remote village and we couldn't livestream from a city yesterday... @RoryStewartUK broadcasting live from #finalthirdfirst #kaber #three via @digitaldales -

have they turned the mast up?

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 9 years ago

Is this a Wibe or similar which is getting good or amazing reviews.

  • Somerset
  • over 9 years ago

well done 3! great to see at least one of out 4 Networks doing something about not-spots.

  • jmvincent
  • over 9 years ago

hats off to 3! i myself am in the middle of moving home so have had to cancel phoneline and broadband + no tv, but thanks to 3, i'm using a friend's nokia n95 as a modem to go online and watch tvcatchup etc quite comfortably using the One plan deal. I would've felt so depressed if it wasn't for 3 to the rescue.

  • Khan
  • over 9 years ago

Just use the address with the S in and block avoided.

  • lockyatlrg
  • over 9 years ago

I don't get it! If this area is a not-spot then there wouldn't be 3G coverage.

So why did residents just not get their own mifi before? Price, usage restriction or lack of knowledge. Probably all 3.

  • timmay
  • over 9 years ago

MiFi has 21Mbps HSPA+, most mobile phones don't, however for the few latest that do, notably the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2, they will perform identically.


Use "3internet" APN instead of "" then no blocks at all.

  • otester
  • over 9 years ago

This area had very little if any ADSL service as pointed out stuck between 2 exchange areas that are miles away.
Three has only recently provided coverage along this section of the A66 due to the site sharing with T-mobile, a side affect of which is putting up 2 more sectors on the cell site covering the A66 also covers the village of Kaber.
T-mobile also have the same 3G coverage as '3' in this location as they share the same RAN network. Just '3' are offering something to the end users for free!

  • bookey
  • over 9 years ago

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