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Internet News   Internet News : BT to test 'Radio Broadband'
   posted by jd997uk on 17-Dec-2003 10:02:46 (1503 reads)
The BBC reports that BT is testing a new way to offer broadband to rural areas that cannot get it by cable or over the phone line.

Four areas have been chosen to test the technology which uses radio signals to transmit a fast, always-on connection.

"Their experience could help BT and our partners to extend broadband and all its benefits to many more communities across the UK," said BT Retail's boss, Pierre Danon.

The trials are part of BT's pledge to offer broadband to all of UK by 2005.

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Re: BT to test 'Radio Broadband'
Posted on 17-Dec-2003 11:52:49
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If it is anything like BT's ISDN and broadband, it will be years later than other countries and cost too much too! (tossers!)

I was involved in a similar wireless system with AT&T / Lucent few years ago but they canned it when the telecommunications bubble burst (so I left).


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Re: BT to test 'Radio Broadband'
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We've got something like that here in Stenhamra for a couple of years, as an alternative for those who want something faster then the 512kb/s ADSL. Real fiber is comming soon thought, even for us in the suburbs it seems.

What they've done is that they've hooked up the local watertower to a fiber-line which is used as the broadcasting point (the tower not the line ). Using this arrangement you can get a 2Mb/s - 5Mb/s connection depending on how close you are to the tower and how many users there are online.

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Re: BT to test 'Radio Broadband'
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@ Intuitioned

"If it is anything like BT's ISDN and broadband, it will be years later than other countries and cost too much too! (tossers!)"

BT's products are market led! If you check out an article on http://www.adslguide.org.uk you will see that actually prices for ADSL in the UK are quite good compared to many countries!

It's not commercially viable to ADSL enable an exchange and find out say only 5 people actually want it! But BT now plans to have 100% availability... very soon.

People want all these wonderful high speed systems and they want 100% availability but don't think about the initial costs to get it all up and running.

BTW ADSL has been tried at 7Mbs without problem, but it was deemed better to limit to 512K until more was known about the level of demand!

Better to know what you are talking about before making comments in future. The tossers are the people who say they want it but do nothing (not register with an ISP) about it.

Prices will drop too as the take up increases


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