Telford-based ISP Userve Internet has installed a wireless broadband network on a TV transmitter to allow people in the surrounding area access to superfast broadband.
The network will serve the rural surroundings with broadband speeds of up to 20Mbps. The network antenna was installed on the Wrekin transmitter in Shropshire.
The cost of installing the network on the transmitter cost around £50,000 according to reports from local newspaper the Shropshire Star. Userve’s parent company Unitron negotiated with mast owners Arqiva to install the wireless broadband dish.
The network will provide those in the surrounding area with to the internet through antennae in line of sight with the transmitter. The antennae provided by the firm are flat, unobtrusive boxes that can be installed on the sides of buildings.
The wireless connection spans a 10-mile radius and covers villages in the area such as: The Wrekin, Atchem, Stafford Park, Hortonwood, Kynnersley and Pulverbatch in Shropshire.
“Whilst listening to many people and the media discussing issues with rural broadband in Shropshire, we have made our own investment to provide what we believe to be the future for rural high-speed broadband,” said chief executive Steve Griffin.
Prices for the wireless internet service start from £29.99 for its Home service with promises download speeds of up to 10Mbps and a usage limit of 50GB per month.
Its Professional package gives users speeds of up to 20Mbps per month and unlimited usage.
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