ISP testing 100Mbits/sec wireless rural broadband
Kent-based wireless ISP VFast has said it is trialling a 100Mbits/second wireless service that could improve broadband in rural areas.
In a waiting-for-buses moment, the announcement comes on the same day Avanti is launching a new satellite to provide rural households broadband services of up to 10Mbits/sec.
VFast’s offering also arrives via the airwaves, in this case relying on Wimax-class technology to carry data across rural areas where ADSL connections are unable to satisfy broadband speed demands.
According to the company, the new offering is an upgrade to current services, which cover more than 1,000 square miles in Kent and was made possible by new fibre connectivity on its network and an equipment upgrade.
“Kings Hill in West Malling Kent has received an upgrade to the VFast network after new fibres have been commisioned into the core and Airmax enabled on the wireless network,” the company said in a statement. “Customers are seeing average download speeds above 30Mbits/sec, with some being monitored exceeding 45Mbit/sec.”
VFast said some customers had actually seen downloads of around 78Mbits/sec and the technology – based on its newly deployed Airmax equipment – had theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbits/sec.
Customers on the network need to pay £99 for installation, which includes a small dish on the side of subscriber buildings, and £24.99 a month.