Wireless works (helped by fibre)

BDUK, the quango set up to help the government spend £200m left over from the Digital Switchover on broadband, is wrestling with the decision on which three areas it will pick to invite tenders to put in next generation (i.e. more than 2Mbps) access networks.
Everyone was expecting an announcement a week ago, but calls to BDUK were politely rebuffed as to when it would actually happen. The rumour mills now predict the unveiling in a week or less. But at last week’s ApComms conference, communications minister Ed Vaizey let on he would make a big announcement in November. So, if not then, when?
In the meantime, Chris Conder, the Lancashire cattle farmer turned fibre network installer, has been playing with radio, linking it up to fibre. You can say Wow! after watching the video.

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haha, I would hardly call myself a fibre installer, I just take the videos, but thanks for the compliment! I aspire to be, and can well see it happening if we got access to a fat pipe locally, a digital village pump. We would all be digging to it! The radio vid was a lot of fun, it was great to test out the latest nanos to see how far they would go and what signal strength they had. Guy and Craig from nexgenus brought them along. I fell in love with Archers and Corrie and bought them for our community network together with the two receivers for the other end. We can now bridge two existing networks and get the signal to another group of people in another valley. It was a good Sunday geek up. Still waiting for the fat pipe, fingers crossed Eden gets a BDUK leg up and the North West can get some trunks in to feed all us little leaves. Who knows but the next Steve Jobs might be living in our valleys just waiting to get a good connection in order to invent the next shiny. It might be some hardware or it might be some software, but an internet connection is the fodder for innovation. Thanks for the link on your post! Spread the joy, we have a lot to do. chris
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I believe the government already gave the industry an idea of where the 3 trial locations were going to be. For example, Mawr (Wales) was initially selected as one of three notspot areas by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). The problem they faced was that in one or two of these locations there were already solutions being trialled, which they didn't know about because nobody bothered to ask the local authority. http://www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2010/07/30/swansea-notspots-to-benefit-from-wales-broadband-support-initiative.html
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Mark - Don't you think there should be a register of who's doing what and where? I mean, what are we paying Ofcom for? After all, BT has published where it is going to fibre up exchanges (it claims seven million premises will be served), but all the maps lack wireless data. As we all know wireless is how most of the Final Third not spots will have to get next generation access. (See Chris's comment and video.) That's why BT is desperate for a mobile licence, and why it is now big buddies with Arqiva, right?
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