Country set for city-level broadband

Steve Jagger EMN-140714-122300001
Steve Jagger EMN-140714-122300001

Wireless and satellite technologies will help rural West Lindsey receive broadband as good as the city, says Steve Jagger of Quickline.

The company is working with West Lindsey District Council and both say they will deliver Superfast Broadband “across the entire district.”

BT is contracted to government to deliver superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the national population, using fibre to roadside cabinets.

However, the rural nature of West Lindsey means just 73 per cent of the population will receive it this way.

“West Lindsey District Council has looked at how they will bridge the gap the BT roll-out was going to leave,” said Steve, Quickline’s MD.

The council has given Quickline a low-cost loan to help support the “cashflow intensive” roll-out, which will use “Wi-Max,” a fixed line version of cellphone 4G technology. Customers receive the broadband from small receivers placed on their buildings, transmitted from larger transmitters based on or inside buildings such as churches.

“It brings city levels of connectivity into the middle of nowhere,” Steve said.

However, in the remotest of locations, Quickline will use links to geo-stationary satellites 36,000 miles up in space.

Steve says the roll-out of the infrastructure has started and people will be connected to the new superfast service from September.

Market Rasen and Caistor will receive it first, with ‘repeater sites’ filling the gaps from January giving “100%” coverage” by September 2015.