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LTT Replaces Failed Community Mesh
By: MarkJ - 23 January, 2004 (8:49 AM)

Good news for customers covered by the now defunct 'Community Mesh' broadband wireless ISP / project, operator LTT has offered a replacement service:

LTT offers broadband “lifeline” as Community Mesh services are withdrawn

Broadband users in Lamberhurst, Rotherfield and other towns served by Community Mesh wireless systems have been offered a replacement service from LTT that could quickly restore their high-speed connection to the Internet.

The LTT service uses a specially developed radio protocol, called Artemis , to guarantee performance and service quality. Until the end of February 2004, LTT will offer to transfer victims of Community Mesh to their network at a special price. The company will reduce the normal £229.13 installation charge (£195 +VAT) for the receiving equipment to £76.38 (£65+VAT) provided customers sign up for a Home 500 connection, a symmetric service operating at 512K in both directions. The Home 500 service is £29.38 (£25 +VAT) per month and the minimum contract term is 12 months.

The demise of Community Mesh is not unexpected. Like many “community” wireless networks, it was more a matter of when, rather than if they found the technical and commercial challenges of running a network to be too much. LTT’s approach to this marketplace is different for many reasons including its understanding of the high investment required to build a proper scalable, manageable network; coupled with its continued R&D expenditure to guarantee its customers best-of-breed Internet service” says LTT Broadband Support UK Ltd director, Nicholas Harley, “With the Artemis platform we will shortly be deploying other services such as voice and TV which will better position LTT as a full service operator

The service is already live in Edenbridge and Penshurst, with Hartfield, Buxted and South Godstone currently being deployed. Businesses are already benefiting from symmetric 2Mbps connections in both Edenbridge and Penshurst.

According to reports from users, Community Mesh services are being switched off in Lamberhurst and Rotherfield on Friday 16th January. Some subscribers will have only had the benefit of the service for a couple of months.

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