Quickline Communications has announced they are set to begin deployment of a government funded wireless superfast broadband network in rural North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
The government’s current nationwide rollout of superfast broadband is on track to reach 95% of the UK by 2017. In June 2014, the Government announced a £10m Innovation to run a series of Pilot projects to test alternative solutions in the final 5%. Wireless internet service provider Quickline Communications won a Pilot contract worth £2m and the firm is now moving into deployment in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire with the largest project of its kind in the UK, working with a mixture of geo-types and population densities.
With feasibility studies now complete and state aid compliance approval obtained, Quickline has now fulfilled all pre-deployment requirements and is registering businesses and residents via www.superfastnorthernlincs.co.uk.
North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council are working with Quickline to ensure their residents and businesses gain access to this new superfast opportunity.
Specialising in wireless broadband for rural communities, Quickline has been working in partnership with the University of Hull. Their research found evidence that the pilot will succeed in putting the government and the broadband industry in a better position to roll out superfast broadband to the final 5% through advances in wireless technology.
Initial deployment will begin in June with brand new technology from Cambium. Developments in their wireless internet technology means that connections no longer require a clear line of site as traditional wireless systems had previously.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
We are on track to take superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017, and are now looking at how to reach the final 5 per cent. We know it’s likely to involve a range of technologies, and the important work being done by Quickline and the other pilot projects will play a crucial role in helping us address the challenges posed by some of the most remote areas of the UK.
Steve Jagger, Managing Director of Quickline Communications based in East Yorkshire said:
I am delighted to have reached the initial deployment stage. Installations are taking place across North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, where parts of the region had been subjected to the worst broadband connection speeds in the whole of the UK. We are now able to provide them with superfast broadband speeds of up to 30Mbs.
Provision has been made in our budget to connect up to 4211 businesses and residences and the funding from BDUK will be invested in equipment and infrastructure to include new wireless transmitters and capacity. It will also subsidise the cost of installation for some home connections.
The legacy of this project will be a commercially managed, fully functioning sustainable network. A white paper on this innovation route to delivering superfast broadband to all, at low cost and will advise on the most suitable technologies to use and its performance in the real world, combined with a discounted connection charge to address digital social exclusion which is a key requirement of our business provision.