Fixed wireless provider registers under Local Full Fibre Network voucher scheme
Yes the headline is correct, since the Local Full Fibre Network does actually allow partial fibre solutions and that means fixed wireless and microwave qualifies as long as the speeds of service and other metrics are in line with a full fibre service.
Update 4:15pm 13th December Just to qualify things a bit, Boundless Networks have told us that where at all possible they will be endeavouring to use a full fibre solution but in some cases the only economic option even with the voucher will be utilise a high specification fixed wireless service.
Boundless Networks who are based in Leeds and Chorley are now on the list of registered providers so that businesses eligible for a voucher worth up to £3,000 to get them connected to broadband much faster than they have now. Businesses do not need to order a Gigabit service only that the infrastructure needed to deliver the service can run a Gigabit service, so in the case of Boundless Networks the business specific 100 Mbps service start at £100 per month rising to £500 per month for a 1000 Mbps service, the slower SME business packages start at £30.
Boundless Networks are signed up for the pilot scheme that is setup across West Yorkshire and York.
A world-class digital communications network is essential to ensure the UK’s future competitiveness in the global market and its ability to attract investment. Faster and more reliable connections are transforming the way we live and work, and better broadband supports businesses to grow and become more productive. These voucher pilots, alongside a range of other actions, are testament to Government’s ambition for full fibre infrastructure across the UK to underpin our digital economy.Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital
We are determined to provide the infrastructure needed for British businesses to thrive and prosper. The rollout of next generation, full-fibre broadband will help do that. Lightning internet speeds and unprecedented reliability will boost trade and ensure our firms can connect effortlessly to their customers and suppliers.Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
We have no doubt that given the right hardware that wireless can provide the Gigabit service and the high monthly cost shows is not just a turning up of the dial to 11 on the normal superfast type services offered. The fact that we have a Government promising lots of investment in full fibre but are happy to include part services suggests that a lot less has changed than people may have thought, i.e. there is not a full fibre revolution but a continued evolution of broadband technology with the right words said at the right time to assuage the masses and stop them storming the bastille.