Members of the British Army's 14 Signal Regiment can now get the same broadband services in their home barracks in West Wales as they are used to in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The regiment, which specialises in electronic warfare, is using a 54mbps wireless service from Pembrokeshire wireless telecommunications specialists Pembrokeshire wireless telecommunications specialists TFL at the regiment's Cawdor Barracks near St David's after BT failed to fulfil a request for a broadband line.
"Our troops on deployment probably found it easier to connect to broadband than we did here in west Wales," said regimental administrative officer Captain Reg White. He said TFL's wireless broadband technology provided a "simple and highly effective" way to deliver broadband services to all on the base, without major civil engineering work or infrastructure changes.
The troops' barracks were the first to go live, with non-commissioned officers and officers' quarters now going in. 350 soldiers at the remote camp, formerly an RAF training base, can now go online.
Captain Reg White said TFL's network had made a big difference to life on the base. "We are in a remote part of the country, but that should not prevent us from delivering first-class telecommunications services to our soldiers," he said.
The wireless broadband service was introduced as part of an initiative led by the regiment's commanding officer to improve quality of life in the camp. TFL will also install 54mbps wireless hotspots across the camp.
TFL group director Jonathan England said wireless broadband was the only viable option for delivering broadband to remote areas outside of the BT network. He said TFL was the only communications provider in Wales to own its own radio tower network.