Fixed wireless Internet Service Provider Diamond Net has started the introduction of its fast 4G based broadband service for the public sector, businesses and up to 10,000 homes in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. The North Lincolnshire area is poorly served by the commercial Internet Service Providers as there are insufficient internet Points of Presence (POPs).
The service will be broadcast using UK Broadband‘s (UKB) 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz based Long Term Evolution (LTE) network from the top of Scunthorpe’s four tallest buildings, which are owned by Diamond Net. The new technology offers speeds of up to 50Mbps.
Diamond Net and UK Broadband have already pledged to investigate whether or not it would be possible to extend their service to “many more locations” around the UK. There are over 60 commercial 4G networks in more than 30 countries today, but not yet in the UK.
The issue of weak internet coverage is not exclusive to Scunthorpe, and is a widespread concern in many rural areas. “For a universal level of service more masts are needed to provide even coverage to rural areas,” explains Peter Gradwell. “The issue often lies in getting planning permission to erect more masts in areas where regulations on such advancements are tighter than in cities.”