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UK ISP Kijoma Broadband Begins Major 78Mbps+ Wireless Network Upgrade

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 (1:03 am) - Score 1,630
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Fixed wireless ISP Kijoma Broadband, which serves parts of West Sussex, Portsmouth, the Isle of White, Hampshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Surrey, has informed ISPreview.co.uk that they’ve begun to deploy a major upgrade on their network that will boost capacity and service speeds.

At present the the provider’s top ‘Home Standard‘ package for domestic use offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps (2Mbps uploads) and a 40 GigaByte usage allowance (£1.20 per GB thereafter) for £17.99 inc VAT per month on a 12 month contract. Faster uploads and bigger allowances are possible on their business tariffs.

However, starting in the Midlands of England, Kijoma is now rolling out a new network upgrade (funded entirely by customer revenue) that should enable them to offer “unlimited” usage allowances and to boost their “actual” download speeds to 78Mbps or faster. Apparently some of the first to benefit will be on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire (on the border) side of their network.

Kijoma’s Midlands network primarily covers Tatenhill, Rangemore and Callingwood (also Lancaster park and others in Needwood). On top of that it also covers a large part of Hanbury, part of Anslow and a few rural areas near Rosliston and Caldwell (Derbyshire). The ISP also delivers their service to two major schools at Caldwell and Newton Solney, as well as the Rosliston forestry centre.

The two new services going live there are home and business unlimited broadband with phone (VoIP via Voipfone) included at £24 inc. VAT and £37.20 a month respectively, which gets you an actual download speed of 78Mbps+ (upload is 20Mbps+ for business and 5Mbps+ for home).

A number of the ISP’s customers in the Staffordshire village of Rangemore have already started to trial the service and local independent speedtests suggest that locals are receiving download speeds of around 80-100Mbps, while upload speeds have been hitting 16-47Mbps. Mind you it’s not uncommon for trial networks, where there’s less contention, to deliver better than advertised performance.

As usual we should point out that real-world speedtests can be negatively affected by other external factors, such as the performance of your computer / smartphone or a weak WiFi signal on your home network. In other words, always take such things with a pinch of salt.

Competition

One challenge for Kijoma is that, despite their best efforts and submitting coverage data to various Open Market Reviews (e.g. the most recent one in Staffordshire), local authorities tend to shun their fixed wireless network (example). The same happened in Staffordshire and as a result their network is sometimes overbuilt by state aid supported fixed line FTTC and FTTP based broadband deployments from Openreach (BT) and others.

In fairness, overbuilding is a thorny issue with any operator and that’s particularly true of wireless networks where the wide coverage area means that some overbuild is often unavoidable. Similarly not all areas greet wireless networks as optimistically as others, much as we’ve recently seen in North Swindon (here), and politicians aren’t immune to that feeling (even though they’re supposed to now be much more technologically neutral).

Kijoma’s network in Tatenhill and neighbouring Rangemore, which has been present since 2012, is another example of this issue. So far Kijoma has been holding on to their existing customers in such areas and many of them appear to be happy with the service they receive, although it’s obviously a lot harder to add new subscribers when your state aid fuelled competition is deploying into the same patch.

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Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Tom Bartlett

    Are they going to start replying to emails?

  2. Avatar Matthew Williams

    It’s good to see fixed wireless succeeding.

  3. Avatar PaulM

    Used them a couple of years ago for 9 months while i was doing a contract job in their parts and stayed near North Marden. Never had any issue contacting them and service delivered what it promised.

  4. Avatar M J Hanson

    Excelent service from kijoma any problems are usually fixed with in the hour of you letting them know. So much better than bt speed price and maintenance. Could do with some better marketing to persuade bt customers to move

  5. Avatar Tom Bartlett

    I assume I am out range. Or they have no capacity. I’ve tried to contact them a few times now.

  6. Avatar 3G Infinity

    Assume this is a change of which version of 802.11 they are using and still use 5.4 and 5.8GHz kit? Also combined with bigger channels, are they putting more base stations on the ground?

  7. Avatar Bill Lewis

    Hi all , We are using a mix of technologies , there is no “wifi” involved or satellite . The 78 Mbps is an actual speed capability, not an up to.

    Typical speeds being measured by the already upgraded clients are around 90 Mbps. once complete we will be increasing speeds to nearer 100 Mbps.

    One key difference for our combined service is the lack of a need for a BT line. No line rental plus the service is UK provided and UK supported without subsidy.

    We also provide a Telephone service as mentioned. keep your same number, no line rental, no connection fees and calls from 1.2p a minute to landlines, 1.8p international. many customers in the area and on all our networks use this and none have gone back.

    The phone lines in the area are particularly poor so the massive improvement in call quality is also much appreciated.

    The phone service is included in the £24 or £37.20 rates respectively and includes free voicemail, caller id, multicall (multiple simultaneous calls in/out on the same number), voicemail to email and many other features.

    As somebody mentioned our marketing side tends to lag behind the actual service offered, we apologise for this. However we do market honestly, what we offer is what we provide.

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