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ISP Wildanet Claims Liskeard is First in Cornwall for Gigabit Speeds

Friday, August 21st, 2020 (8:30 am) - Score 1,605

Fixed wireless broadband ISP Wildanet has extended their network to the market town of Liskeard and claimed that it is now Cornwall’s (England) first location to benefit from the “fastest level of broadband speeds available” at 1Gbps, except its not and the fastest consumer package on their site is only 50Mbps.

The provider itself is currently being supported by an investment of around £1.15m from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (here), which is being harnessed to help build their Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network across rural parts of South West England (mostly Cornwall, but also Devon, Dorset and possibly South Wales in the future).

The latest deployment has just been completed in Liskeard, where locals are now being invited to input their postcode on Wildanet’s website in order to “find out how you could be enjoying broadband speeds up to 900MB” (we think they mean Mbps). Unfortunately the provider’s postcode checker merely throws up one of those “enter your private details to find the answer” style forms.

The announcement also contains no technical details about their “innovative technological solution” for delivering gigabit speeds to locals, which means we can’t judge the merits of it. But if we were to guess then we might assume it to be some sort of fibre optic fed Microwave solution (20-30GHz or 60GHz etc.).

The provider does promise speeds of “up to 1GBps” (again, we think they mean 1Gbps – bits.. not Bytes), but only for bespoke business connections. Meanwhile the fastest package available for consumers on their website is an unlimited 50Mbps (5Mbps upload) plan for £48.95 per month and a standard one-off installation charge of £99 (possibly free when using local grants).

Ian Calvert, CEO of Wildanet, said:

“Gigabit internet is 40 times faster than the average connection, allowing download speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second – the equivalent of 1,000 megabytes. At Wildanet, we are absolutely delighted to be supporting Liskeard to access this incredible resource, especially at such a crucial time when so many people need fast internet speeds for home-working.”

Once again.. we think they mean “1 gigabit per second,” although quite how they made that gigabyte mistake again (even going so far as to define it with “1,000 megabytes“) after starting the sentence with “gigabit” is beyond us.

Rachel Brooks, Liskeard’s Mayoress, said:

“We’re very excited that Wildanet has chosen Liskeard to install Cornwall’s first gigabit connection. Now, more than ever, people are relying on digital to connect with family and friends but also for business and entertainment, and it’s great that people now have an extra choice that can give them the speeds needed.”

Firstly, congrats to the Mayor for being the only one to consistently say “gigabit” correctly. Except.. it’s not actually “Cornwall’s first gigabit connection.” Ignoring the many multi-Gigabit leased line links that exist, Openreach has also deployed a fairly extensive Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across much of the county and a fair bit of that can do 1Gbps (note: some of it may be hobbled by the ECI 330Mbps limit).

Now this is something that we would have expected Wildanet to know since that same FTTP network covers most of Liskeard. We did check a few postcodes and the best speed being offered by the FTTP ISPs we tried is 300Mbps, which suggests that the local kit hasn’t been fully upgraded yet or the area is affected by the ECI limit. Still it doesn’t seem like the best spot for a wireless ISP to setup camp.

Wildanet’s Other Locations
• Camborne
• Camelford
• Delabole
• Falmouth
• Four Lanes
• Hayle
• Helston
• Lanivet
• Lamanva
• Liskeard
• The Lizard
• Newquay
• Penryn
• Pool
• Redruth
• Roche
• Roseland
• St Moritz
• St Columb Major
• Tintagel
• Wadebridge

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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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14 Responses
  1. joe says:

    I’d see the bit/byte thing as a red flag!

    1. 100%-by-2025 ROFL says:

      The commonly used mbps instead of Mbps is enough to get me (milli- Vs Mega) 🙂

  2. 5G_Infinity says:

    I see most of it as a red flag, along with their crowd funding on Crowdcube – huge number of glaring mistakes and inaccuracies and questions about the sanity of the business plan.

  3. Matt says:

    Going by the picture, that’s a 5Ghz point to point/multipoint Ubiquiti AirMax wifi based transceiver. Best you can get of that with absolutely non-interrupted line of sight is about 1Gbps. That’s at a reasonable range between devices.

    1. Connor says:

      The installed is Holding a LiteBeam AC Gen2 CPE device, even in ideal circumstances these are only good for around 200mbps in a PTMP envirmonement as these only support up to 40MHz Channel Width

      In a PTP setup you could go to 80MHz width, but even then about 500mbps is top speed for this.

  4. m says:

    think its time to add reaction emojis. this is a crying laughing time. nice one mr jackson, heres hoping for more of this in the future.

  5. Ben says:

    I can’t wait for Openreach to deploy FTTP in the neighbouring town of Callington.

    They’ve already added both Tavistock and Liskeard to the list of FTTP rollouts as in this article https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2020/01/openreach-add-227-rural-uk-areas-to-fttp-broadband-rollout.html and Callington is in the middle of them so hopefully.

    1. Ivor says:

      You’ll find that at least in Cornwall, the places Openreach “announces” for FTTP would already have had it in some capacity, because Superfast Cornwall and subsequent projects had already deployed it to some areas. The “announcement” is about filling in the gaps.

  6. Ivor says:

    The ancestral home is in one of the less well known locations on that list.

    I can’t imagine they’ll have much takeup – pretty much all of the exchange area can get either FTTC or FTTP, indeed OR have been pottering about and FTTPing the places that were too far from FTTC enabled cabinets (sadly said home gets full sync on FTTC and thus isn’t at the top of the list)

    Trying to imagine where their base station is.

  7. olicuk says:

    Perhaps their press release was a little premature (and in need of proof reading) but they do now have 300Mbps and 900Mbps (the latter at just shy of £90/mo) on their Home (rather than Business) page, even with a handy map of the selected areas in Liskeard where its available.

  8. Doubtful says:

    From their website looks like using CCS metnet 60Ghz radio but fed using single Ethernet so hardly pushing boundaries of a 10G capable radio.

    500m range from radio mounted on town hall – presumably fed via a 1G EAD circuit (Ironically that must be first gigabit connection rather than their wireless service, but one suspects there are many other 1G / 10G services prior to this in the town!)

    Strange to pick a town that has FTTP to deploy this…

  9. Concern-Investor says:

    There is talks of Wildanet faking their total user subscriptions to the investors.
    Also they are selling 4G connections to grant customers to claim the grant money in areas they are not covering.

    allot if fishy stuff happening in that Company and I already invested in them

  10. DannyKirsten says:

    I heard there is a whole bunch of nepotism going on in the company.
    Also they are having more employees than customers and way behind target as advertised to get the funding. Makes you wonder how long till the funds dry up ?

    1. DannyKirsten says:

      I heard there are*

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