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North Lincolnshire benefits from 4G LTE fixed wireless service

UK Broadband who were behind the first commercial deployment of 4G LTE in the UK (May 2012) is providing the service behind the launch of Diamond Net Broadband in North Lincolnshire. The service has been tested in 100 homes prior to its launch, and the up to 50 Mbps service will be available to residents initially in the Market Hill area of Scunthorpe, expanding to other areas in the future.

North Lincolnshire Homes who are a housing association with 10,000 homes in the area, is behind the service, with its tenants able to subscribe to the new service for a reduced monthly fee of £13.99 (free installation and a 3 month contract). Businesses and other people in the area can subscribe with consumer services costing between £19.99 and £29.99 a month (24 month contracts have free installation, otherwise it costs £49.99). Business packages range from £35 a month up to £120.

The service relies on a small roof mounted dish, which transmits and receives the data from a centrally located mast. By not requiring a telephone line, the cost of the service is reduced, and the three month contract should allow tenants to use the service without worrying about an excessively long commitment.

Comments

Usage limit/policy?

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

Not really LTE as people would expect, i.e. not mobile, this is fixed wireless and probably best not called 4G LTE to reduce confusion.

Good to see UKB actually doing something with their 3.5Ghz license.

  • timmay
  • over 4 years ago

Best not to call an antenna/aerial a dish as a dish is used for satellite broadband and this confuses people into thinking this is satellite broadband.

  • timmay
  • over 4 years ago

@timmay, hence the mention of a fixed antenna, so people do not think this is a 4G mobile service

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 4 years ago

Are non-tenants allowed to subscribe at the reduced fee?

  • ratty2012
  • over 4 years ago

@Ratty2012 - yes, it is not just for tenants, contact John Anderton at Diamondnet.

  • SeanB84
  • over 4 years ago

Non-tenants can subscribe, but is costs a bit more I believe

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 4 years ago

Also this isn't 4G, it's 3.9G, looks like we've turned into the USA.

:(

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

LTE does not conform to 4G specifications(100mMbit/s for high mobility and 1Gbit/s for slow or static applications to which this article applies).
I wish people would stop calling it 4G.

  • pwinter
  • over 4 years ago

"On December 6, 2010, ITU-R recognized that these two technologies, as well as other beyond-3G technologies that do not fulfill the IMT-Advanced requirements, could nevertheless be considered 4G"

4G is just a marketing phrase, encompassing a mixture of standards

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 4 years ago

@andrew does these mean you consider yourselves to be acting in more of a marketing capacity than an informative?

  • robertsal
  • over 4 years ago

@robertsal

Ever notice that those services that only a handful of people could use or have questionable business models get their own article with a representative posting in the comments...

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

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