eXwavia brings superfast broadband to Gwynedd
"As a school, we are striving to develop a ‘green’ school and one way of achieving this is to replace home school literature, including newsletters and notifications for parents, with online sharepoints and dropboxes. This will significantly reduce our photocopying and printing costs. Our iPad 1 - 1 project will also benefit greatly because the children will experience the same broadband speed at home as they do at school."Robin Williams, headmaster, Ysgol Llanrug & Community Broadband Champion
This means that residents and businesses in the communities of Llanrug and Bethel should now be able to order the service, and while the companies website makes great emphasis on the speed you buy is the speed you will get with no 'up to', it should be pointed out that while the link speed over the wireless element may be a fixed speed, other elements of the system, such as contention on peering links and other areas that are beyond eXwavia's control will mean people still see varying speeds. Hence why Virgin Media with its fixed speed cable modems still uses up to in it promotional material.
The eXwavia plans start at £20 a month for a 4Mbps service, rising to £42 a month for 16 Mbps, connection speeds of 100 Mbps are available for business users on a quote basis. Unfortunately while many fixed wireless providers charge in the order of £50 to £150 for the install of the antenna on a property, the standard eXwavia fee is £999.60 which means that while the school can afford the service we are not sure how many residents will be able to. In theory if a householder qualifies for a £1000 grant under the Welsh Broadband Support Scheme they can get the setup fee subsidised.