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ITSwisp Brings 8Mbps Wireless Broadband to Rural Norfolk and Suffolk

Monday, November 19th, 2012 (11:06 am) - Score 2,128

A wireless broadband ISP called ITSwisp, which appears to be an off-shoot of another local provider ThinkingWISP, has launched to deliver internet download speeds of up to 8Mbps (Megabits per second) to “serve large areas around” rural Norfolk and Suffolk in England (UK).

The ISP, which claims to have “big plans to expand“, currently serves the areas in and around Norwich, Beccles & Bungay, Fakenham, Holt, Caister, Wymondham and Attleborough.

ITSwisp Service Details

The wireless broadband system designed by InTouch Systems, uses radio waves from a transmitter at the InTouch offices at 36 Hurricane Way, Norwich. From here wireless broadband is sent across the county to Raveningham, Caister and Bodham, where the service can be received by local businesses and homes within a certain radius.

A sister project ThinkingWISP the Wireless Broadband Project for Norfolk was also developed over the last year by InTouch Systems, in partnership with the Norfolk Rural Community Council (NRCC) and AF Affinity, a subsidiary of Anglia Farmers agricultural buying group in Honingham Thorpe, near Norwich.

Homes and businesses using this wi-fi technology do not need a phone line and have a choice of two itswisp package types (HOME or BUSINESS) each with a choice of broadband speeds.

Transmitters on the mast then broadcast the signal in all directions to small aerials, which are fixed on to properties.

Unfortunately the provider’s packages aren’t going to win any awards for speed, price or flexibility, although they could help those who currently struggle to even get a 1-2Mbps connection. Prices start at £19.99 inc. VAT per month for their ‘Home 3000’ package, which offers download speeds of up to 3Mbps (0.5Mbps uploads) and a 5GB usage allowance. But an 8Mbps (1Mbps upload) connection with a 30GB allowance will set you back £31.99. Credits to Thinkbroadband for spotting this news.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Bob says:

    Lots of these smallIS’s come upwith grand plans but there is usually little substance to them and this article throws no light on it neither. How man subscribers do they actually have at present? I would bet it is a handfull

    1. Hi Bob and many thanks for your reply, as we have only been launched for 1 day we don’t have any subscribers yet, however we now have over 10 installs already booked for next week. What other substance information do you require on our network that is over and above the information on the website?

    2. Avatar DTMark says:

      I have two questions 😉

      1. Why 8Mbps, and not, say, 50Mbps? (Headline speed, contention aside). Is this related to distance?

      2. Can you come and install it here (Froyle, Hampshire) please.

      Thanks.

      * Point 2 may be serious – if you fancy taking on a site a fair way from Norwich. If there’s any mileage (ho ho) in that I’ll be in touch..

  2. Avatar Mark Longhurst says:

    DTMark – the reason for 8Mbps on not 50Mbps is partly ‘backhaul’ and partly ‘contention ratio’ related.

    Backhaul is the circuit that the provider has at their disposal (i.e. that they are paying for) which is then shared (the contention ratio element) by their customers.

    Backhaul is not cheap but when you are Virgin (albeit they are cable/fibre) or BT and have hundreds of thousands of customers, you can afford higher ‘up to’ speeds as you have more customers.

    I was part of a Research and Development project in the West of Norfolk a little over 5yrs ago with a company called Newman Concepts (Dersingham all the way up the West Coast) where we had a 20Mb backhaul and fully wireless network (using churches, pubs and business properties as relay stations), which we then extended to Kings Lynn – sadly the ‘investors’ pulled out and we were all made redundant! 🙁 Up until that point the service had been taken up by a number of West Coast Norfolk residents, Kings Lynn Borough Council and a number of Kings Lynn residents; and worked extremely well.

    I’m not trying to sell anything to you or convince you that one company is better than another, what I do know is that one of the UKs leading technical experts in this field owns a company called Nexus Globalnet; Wil Currie, who was part of my technical team in Norfolk – if there is a way of providing your area with higher speeds he is the man to talk to.

    1. Avatar Mark Longhurst says:

      Sorry….DTMark….meant to say, distance shouldn’t matter if the network is setup correctly! We achieved 20Mb Upload and Download speeds with one link from Dersingham to Kings Lynn (we were limited to that speed because that’s what our backhaul was). Backhaul and contention should be the only limiting factors as long as the network is setup correctly.

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