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eXwavia to Deploy 100Mbps Wireless Broadband Across Powys in Wales

Posted Friday, December 21st, 2012 (11:57 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,284)
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Welshpool-based ISP eXwavia has announced plans to expand the reach of its existing superfast wireless broadband network to cover over 27,000 households and 3,000 businesses in Powys (Wales, United Kingdom) by the end of January 2013.

The provider typically offers service speeds of between 4Mbps and 100Mbps (Megabits per second), although it’s important to note that their home packages only go up to 16Mbps (i.e. well below the government’s minimum speed target of 24Mbps+ for 90% of the UK by 2015). Similarly prices aren’t cheap and start from £20 per month for a symmetric 4Mbps connection, although this does include “unlimited” downloads (Fair Usage Policy).

Annette Burgess, Managing Director of eXwavia, added:

Broadband is at the heart of our daily lives both at home and in our businesses. Great broadband is a utility that we should all have access to.”

Russell George, AM for Montgomeryshire, said:

I am thrilled for the residents and businesses in the local communities. They have waited a long time for fast broadband and I know they are extremely grateful to eXwavia for delivering so efficiently.”

The installation cost for eXwavia’s service can be extremely expensive, although homes and businesses can often mitigate this by seeking a grant from the Welsh Government’s (WG) £2m strong Broadband Support Scheme. Grants worth up to £1,000 are given to residents and businesses (per property) whom live in parts of Wales where either no broadband or only sub-2Mbps internet connection speeds are available.

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  1. Andrew

    Good news, though i dont meet the requirements for the hand out, so the kids will have good old fashioned Christmas (I wish). Indeed i had email from Exwavia some weeks back regarding deployment in Newtown. Strange that Openreach have brought their 21cn date near by over a year and a army of Openreach work in the town since the email. Not that 21cn will make much or any difference to myself, Perhaps the Powys Growth Zone had a play although from Mrs E Hart(WAG Business Minister) original announcement it would appear to be a little step back!

    All it needs now is Exwavia to define by a figure(ish) what they believe is unlimited use according to their fair usage Policy?

  2. 3G Infinity

    ummmmmmmmmm? Not a mention of how they plan to achieve 100Mbps, half or full duplex.

    If using 5.8GHz and 20MHz channels and normal WiFi then 50Mbps should be doable, assuming you’re close to the AP. If using proprietary TDMA WiFi then 150Mbps half duplex can be done and at distance.

    But, former is 50Mbps shared with other users on same AP and 150Mbps is a point to point dedicated link.

  3. David Davies

    If you like lots and lots of planned and unplanned service outages Exwavia are the ISP for you.
    If you like the support desk to be the same people as the on site installation engineers making support impossible Exwavia are the ISP for you.
    If you like reporting poor service and have your ISP finally confirm there is an issue 4 months later, and then take a further month to ‘fix’ it then Exwavia are the ISP for you.

    Very poor show, and they made damn sure they hoovered up every penny of the Welsh assembly grant.

    These clowns need sorting out big time.

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