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More fixed wireless to fill in superfast gaps in Wales

Fixed wireless has the advantage that with relatively few masts you can cover a wide, but for areas like Wales this can sometimes require multiple masts to cover an area due to the geography. One community managed to club together its ABC vouchers from the Welsh Assembly for Dyfed Superfast to extend their fixed wireless network to cover a community of 60 to 70 premises around Crai in the Brecon Beacons.

The vouchers it seems once merged together were worth £60,000 if the note on ISPreview is correct, which means the extension was not cheap and we presume therefore that the premises were far to far apart for a full fibre solution to be economic.

Dyfed Superfast does serve other parts of Wales, which they describe as Ceredigion, Carmerthenshire and Pembrokeshire. We have taken their coverage map and added the postcodes to our coverage search to highlight the availability of the fixed wireless provider for those who go looking for solutions to slow broadband in those areas. The work involved in getting the map converted and added to our ever growing list of broadband options is why we are a day behind other sites in covering this Crai news.

The three fixed wireless packages are:

  • Superfast 10, 10 Mbps download £19.99/m with an up to £400 from the Welsh Assembly to help towards installation.
  • Superfast 30, 30 Mbps download £29.99/m, with a free installation voucher from the Welsh Assembly for those who qualify.
  • Superfast 50, 50 Mbps download £49.99/m, with a free installation voucher from the Welsh Assembly for those who qualifty.

Upload speeds are not mentioned, and the 'up to' phrase is notably missing. The downloads are described as unlimited but a fair usage policy applies, so for those wanting to create the worlds largest Internet archive they are likely to fall foul, hopefully the FUP will not impinge on those who enjoy box set binges every weekend.

The installation costs are said to vary from property to property, hence no firm figures are given and on the coverage the guideline is that if you can see their masts you can get the service, though no easy to find location of the masts is on the site that we can find.

It may sound pedantic, but if a major broadband provider was to describe a product with a headline speed of 10 Mbps superfast they would soon find ASA/CAP/Ofcom bashing down the door to clarify wording and we would encourage other providers to take heed and that is that a service to qualify as superfast needs a headline speed of over 24 Mbps (or 30 Mbps and faster if you prefer the EU definition which is what Wales uses). 

Comments

I was with ITS Technology on Anglesey for a couple of years with a 5Mbps deal. What they didn't tell me until I had problems was that operating their wireless network on Anglesey was very difficult because of interference from lots of other wireless traffic.After many complaints, they finally admitted to having technicians constantly tweaking the operating frequency of the hardware (only during extended office hours excluding Sundays). During the daytime, short dropouts were frequent, and sometimes lasted a couple of minutes. OK for email and downloads. Hopeless for streaming, VOIP and Skype.

  • prt137
  • 15 days ago

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