Broadband heads east

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Broadband heads east

Antony Savvas

Proxim’s wireless networking equipment has brought broadband-speed internet to the rural community of Stock in East Anglia. 

Internet Service Provider BroadBandNow! is using a combination of broadband wireless point-to-multipoint technology and satellite connectivity to provide Stock’s homes and businesses with broadband at speeds of up to 2 Mbps.

Broadband wireless offers service providers a scalable and flexible alternative to ADSL, when it comes to serving rural communities currently left off the broadband connectivity map. 

With a central base station sited in the traditional heart of English village life - the local pub – the network covers the majority of the village, using a repeater site to extend coverage.  A further link to the satellite backhaul site provides the connection to the outside world.

"The connection's been fast and reliable," says user Roger Watling, "we're still out of reach of wired broadband services, so the alternative that BroadBandNow! provides is a real asset to the local community."

After the success of the network in Stock, BroadBandNow! has chosen Proxim to provide the
technology for a similar network to be rolled out in the village of  St Osyth, on the Essex coast. 

"Using Proxim's wireless kit in combination with satellite technology enables us to provide broadband to communities all over the country - even those in remote locations," said Fergus Prentice at BroadBandNow! 

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