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i3 Group UK to Trial Fibre Optic and Wireless Broadband in North Wales

Posted: 06th Oct, 2010 By: MarkJ
fibrezone uk walesThe i3 Group ( Fibrecity ) has announced plans to trial its fibre optic and wireless broadband service on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. The move marks i3's first foray into smaller scale rural deployments, having previously only focused on cities like Bournemouth and Dundee.

The service, nicknamed Fibrezone, will use secure wireless ( WiMAX ) and fibre optic infrastructure to deliver high speed (initially 10Mbps) broadband to homes in areas with limited or no broadband access, often referred to as "not spots".

Elfed Thomas, CEO of i3 Group, said:

"Finding a solution to rural connectivity is a real challenge for the industry and i3 Group’s solution has been under development for some time.

We have now reached the stage where we are ready to trial the technology as the availability of WiMAX 4G spectrum has only recently become available. The infrastructure will be deployed using the Group’s low cost methodologies which have allowed us to develop a rural model that will be commercially viable with some support from the public purse."

John Prescott, Director of Carrier Wales, said:

"We are pleased to be playing a role in the development of a true rural broadband solution. For too long we have been unable to deliver reliable services to the residents and businesses in North Wales, if at all, because the infrastructure simply isn‘t here. The prospect of a rollout following this trial will revolutionise communications in North Wales."

The project, which should help 300 homes in the wards of Aberffraw, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Bryngwran get connected, will use a secure 4G radio spectrum licence for its WiMAX wireless broadband delivery and put to use the Welsh Assembly Government's investment in the FibreSpeed fibre optic network.

The service itself will be delivered by Carrier Wales and comes bundled with telephone and other services in the future. Residents and businesses will be informed once the solution becomes available to them.

This trial is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of i3 Group's model, which it hopes to use in other areas around the UK that also experience limited or no broadband internet access.
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