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Walking the FTTH talk in Cumbria

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Communities that seek more information on how to get sustainable high speed  rural broadband can pick up tips on 16 September on mile-long walk in Cumbria.

Fibre to the home (FTTH) advocate Lindsey Annison has set up a walk along a typical countryside fibre route, chosen specially for its capacity to illustrate all the problems people are likely to encounter with fibre and wireless coverage.

Annison said, “The aim is to dispel some myths about rural FTTH and to give some ideas about how it can be done in an affordable, sustainable way.”

She has invited Donny Smith, CEO of Jaguar Communications in Minnesota as guest speaker on the FibreWalk to share his expertise in rural broadband networks, as well as stories and tips for anyone interested broadband in the Final Third.

Jim Savege of Cumbria County Council will also be available to chat about the council’s plans and vision. Other sources include walk sponsors ITS Technology, local fibre training company Lucid Optical Services Ltd, prospective communication FTTH network operator B4RN, Broadband Cumbria, East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum, Upper Eden community partnerships, as well as other communities that are tackling the rural FTTH problem.

Annison is also hoping to attract local long distance walker and MP Rory Stewart, whose proposal to extend the target for high speed mobile coverage from 92% to 98% was passed unanimously by parliament in its lat sitting.

Annison says there will also be a chance to enjoy some Cumbrian craic, despite the anticipated wet weather.

The cost of the afternoon is £30 per head (£20 for concessions). Space is limited and bookings close on Tuesday 13th September.

For those wanting to make a weekend of it, B&Bs in Kirkby Stephen (the event base), Brough, Appleby and the surrounding area are plentiful and cheap (£28+) as is the Black Bull Hotel or the Kings Arms (01768 371378

You can reserve places on the walk through the Eventbrite page, and accommodation directly with the suppliers.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2011/09/07 at 08:33

Virgin Media gets first 4G mobile customers

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Virgin Media Business has landed its first customer for next generation mobile backhaul, MBNL, the 50:50 joint venture between Everything Everywhere and Hutchinson 3G UK.

The firms today announced a £100m eight year deal to build 14 “aggregation sites” over the next 18 months to provide 1Gbps synchronous backhaul to the MNO. Virgin Media declined to say where the sites will be, but provided a links to a map of its core network.

The deal will speed up data rates to smartphones around the country, reducing network congestion as each cell site will be connected to the aggregation centre with optical fibre, Virgin Media Business said in a statement.

The auction for 4G frequencies, the 800MHz and 2.6GHz, is expected to start in 2Q2012 following a short delay in the auction design by Ofcom, the communications regulator, which is conducting the auction.

4G will allow smartphone users with the right handset to receive up to 100Mbps data rates.

Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2011/09/05 at 12:18

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