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Scotland - Outer Hebrides Wireless Broadband ISP Project Criticised

Posted: 01st Aug, 2009 By: MarkJ
The Connected Communities (ConCom) project, a publicly funded next generation broadband wireless ( Wi-Fi ) network for local authorities, businesses and citizens across the populated islands of the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) of Scotland, has been placed 'under review' following concerns about its performance.

The BBC News Online item reports that the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) review began as a result of several factors, though opponents have raised concerns about its reliability in the European Parliament and criticised its performance (speeds):

Archie Macdonald, area manager at HIE, said:

"It is appropriate that we assess the long-term opportunities with our partners Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles, building on the proposals of Lord Carter's Digital Britain report which aims to deliver 2Mbps to everyone by 2012.

There are many challenges in the delivery of broadband in remote areas. A prime example of the kinds of solutions we have found is the connection of customers in Rhenigidale in Harris, using a combination of wireless technology and optical fibre."

The BBC article states that the £7m project aims to deliver broadband speeds that are "10-times faster than a 56k modem", which is roughly equivalent to a 512Kbps (0.5Mbps) land-line broadband ADSL service. In reality the network is designed to deliver speeds of up to 2Mbps and the 500 package is one of its slowest.

It's understood that some or perhaps most of the problems experienced stem from the difficulty of distributing a wireless broadband signal in areas of hilly terrain, which can obstruct the line-of-sight and hamper quality.
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