MR BIG high street wi-fi set for roll-out before Christmas

Stuart Green EMN-140508-094116001
Stuart Green EMN-140508-094116001

Market Rasen’s town wi-fi project has moved closer with the installation of the necessary broadband cabinets in the town centre.

Now, all that is needed is at least one more business to host wi-fi ‘access points’ to extend 
the superfast broadband signal as far east as the viaduct traffic lights.

At present a basic low-speed wi-fi service is available in part of the high street around Market Square, funded by SJG Digital and ISP Quickline.

But MR BIG is providing funding for the upgrade, which will offer speeds of up to 76 Mb/s, charged at £2.95 a day, £7.95 a week, or £14.95 a month..

Stuart Green, of SJG Digital, said all of the cabinets are now live and all he needed was to get businesses along the street to act as relay points.

One has already offered, so it would get a free connection to the fibre, but one more was still needed.

“I’ll take around 10 days to get the connections live as they are new connections, but then we should be able to progress quite swiftly from there,” Stuart said.

MR BIG Chair Sara Scott said the business improvement group has a list of businesses it will be approaching.

“The wi-fi service should be live and launched well ahead of Christmas.”

Last week, the Lincolnshire programme said the countywide rollout of superfast broadband was about one-third complete.

In Market Rasen 11 of 13 cabinets have been installed or upgraded, enabling 3,138 premises.

The other two will be upgraded in the New Year.

Caistor has 11 cabinets due for delivery next year.