ITS has delivered gigabit capable wireless connectivity to an ‘off grid’ rural trading estate within 2 months where other providers have only delivered false promises for years. The network went live and within 2 days, 8 (of 30) businesses were connected and enjoying symmetrical ultrafast services.
This isn’t just wireless connectivity; this is lease line equivalent, gigabit capable wireless connectivity
Let down and overlooked
The Orchard Trading Estate based in rural Toddington is nestled close to the M5 so has great road infrastructure links, but its connectivity left the businesses located there overlooked and underwhelmed. Unless the cost of a dedicated fibre leased line could be justified, they had no choice but to put up with an ADSL service that offered up to 2Mbps at best.
A number of businesses investigated options and a deal was done with a provider to connect full fibre to the premise. However, after a series of false promises and missed deadlines, one of the businesses turned to ITS to see what it could do.
Overcoming wireless misgivings
ITS has designed, built and operates a gigabit capable wireless network. It has to be said that many of the businesses were nervous about the reliability of this technology, so ITS had a lot to prove. However, the technology has smashed customer expectations, and they now see that gigabit wireless services can be as fast and reliable as full fibre to the premise.
I got in touch with ITS and it was clear from our early discussions they could find a way to deliver gigabit capable services….My past connectivity pain has soon been forgotten thanks to the incredible speeds I am now receiving!
This project showcases how the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and an innovative altnet can deliver gigabit capable services to connectivity blackspots. While Orchard Trading Estate illustrates a rural project, gigabit wireless can also be as effective as physical fibre in urban areas to ensure commercially viable networks without compromise to bandwidth.
www.1esp.co.uk Ronan Lynch, Managing Director of Evesham Specialist Packaging Ltd (E.S.P.) based on Orchard Trading Estate, Toddington, Gloucestershire said: “We waited more than 18 months for a full fibre network to be built, but a series of false promises and no progress meant we were forced to look for an alternative provider. I got in touch with ITS and it was clear from our early discussions they could find a way to deliver gigabit capable services. I knew that there were a number of businesses on the estate facing the same broadband challenges, so I brought us together to make sure we could find a commercially viable solution that would result in us all being connected. ITS’ network subsidised by the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has transformed our service. We were a little sceptical about not being connected to physical fibre, but the speed tests and resulting service speak for themselves. I have taken a 100Mbps symmetrical service and the impact to my business is palpable. My past connectivity pain has soon been forgotten thanks to the incredible speeds I am now receiving! We are now looking to get rid of our landlines and convert to VoIP.”