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30 Mbps wireless service brings hamlet of Slippery Ford into 21st Century

Residents of Slippery Ford to the West of Keighley now have access to fixed wireless broadband with speed options of 10, 20 and 30 Mbps on the download side (10 Mbps for upload speeds) ranging from £19.99 to £29.99 and further ultrafast options start at £42.99 per month.

Thanks to Boundless Networks and their wireless broadband solution we now have 30 Mbps wireless broadband and no longer feel so isolated, but rather part of the rest of the world.

We are ecstatic; we are tucked out of the way up here and no-one else has ever been able to get superfast broadband to us before – getting emails has been about it. We were told it was not possible by other providers and yet here we are able to access the Internet, download files, films and generally get on with life far better. It’s great value too and is not capped, so you have unlimited download capacity. What’s more, we don’t need a landline anymore.

Slippery Ford resident, smallholder Alison Porter

Boundless Networks has rolled out its fixed wireless service to the area and we are already seeing what look to be customers on the network in the area with speeds of 29.8 Mbps down and 11.3 Mbps up and in other areas where the network has been in place for a while we do see the odd ultrafast customer with 107 Mbps downloads and 29.4 Mbps uploads for example.

The fixed wireless options from Boundless Networks are unlimited but a fair use policy does exist, so for those wanting to become a global repository for all Internet data the limits will kick in, but for the average user who just wants to join the world of box set viewing on a Friday night there should be no problems.

On the topic of not needing a phone line, fixed wireless services are more than capable of supporting Voice over IP services so yes you can dump your telephone line and even port an existing phone number to the VoIP service, but particularly in rural areas and those living/working alone you need to consider how the broadband hardware (both in home and at mast/cabinet) will perform in a power cut. This is particularly the case if mobile coverage is patchy and in those situations you may want to retain the telephone line and a handset that works without the need for a power supply.

Comments

We had a company do this sort of thing here, great for people in the sticks, I even used it here as we did not have Fibre and ADSL was naff here, also used a VoIP, I had a 10 Mb/s service. The problem was they could not cope with the load and then BT started putting fibre top places they said they would not touch, amazing what a bit of money from the council will do.

  • zyborg47
  • 12 days ago

Have been a happy Boundless customer for 2 years in Wensleydale - BT finally got fibre to the remote node here last month. We've had a few problems mainly due the fact that the network belonged to Airwave but this year not a break. I went to VoIP on day 1. You have to be careful of jitter and sometimes transmission can get mildly affected but with call charges at 1p per minute my 20Mb/s + phone +calls usually less that £39 per month. Power cuts, assuming the masts stay powered from their batteries, we cover with a 12v battery and an inverter. NO OPENREACH - delightful

  • rjohnloader
  • 8 days ago

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