Stamford based WRBB (wrbb.net) has been investigating recent claims that the 802.11g WiFi standard will be downgraded to 20Mbs data rates as an aid to backward compatibility with the 802.11b standard.
WRBB technical staff visiting the WiFi Exhibition in Olympia have been in contact with Dennis Eaton (Chair of the WiFi Alliance) and Nicholas Sargologos (Prism Product Marketing) who are both voting members of the IEEE 802.11g Committee and have been assured that this is not the case.
The standards are to be ratified at the end of June and the voting members assured WRBB that “there is a less than 2% chance of the standard being downgraded”.
WRBB recently announced their Sunshine service, which will give subscribers two-way access to the Internet at speeds of between 10 Mbs and 54 Mbs (depending upon signal strength) at costs comparable with broadband and cable services.
Initially, Sunshine will be focused on delivering Wideband connectivity to businesses and consumers in rural/suburban areas where BT will not provide ADSL via the local telephone exchange. In addition, users in ADSL-enabled areas, where the bandwidth requirement is greater than can be provided by ADSL, may benefit from the power of Sunshine. Extremely competitive leased-line equivalent services will also be available for high-demand users.
Coverage will commence in the Peterborough and Stamford areas but the company has ambitious growth plans aimed at a national service within 18 months.
Packages are to be charged on data throughput, not the speed of the connection. The cheapest subscription package starts at £10 a month for a domestic user, and is suitable for email and light web surfing.
Sunshine subscribers will benefit from clearly defined service level agreements and quality of service guarantees.
Users can choose a subscription-based or a pay-as-you go plan.
Subscription plans work like many cellular telephone service plans, with unused data rolled over into the following month, and additional data over the inclusive amount charged for separately.
The minimum contract term will be one month with no set-up fees, giving users further flexibility and choice.
Pay-as-you go accounts are designed for visitors and travellers that won't be requiring Sunshine long-term, for those unable to pay by credit/debit card or direct debit, and where parents want to prevent unexpectedly high bills!
From a business perspective, Sunshine is suitable for SMEs, SoHo, tele-workers and remote Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to corporate offices.
As well as the usual Internet benefits, Sunshine may be used for streaming media, video conferencing, security cameras, online gaming, Internet telephony, server hosting, and remote control. WRBB is already in negotiation with content providers to add a range of high quality entertainment to the Sunshine service.
WRBB’s Sales and Marketing Director, David Acton, said about the service: “The desire for Wireless Rural BroadBand was born in late 1999, from the frustration of needing fast Internet access on a farm. Even with dual-channel ISDN, bandwidth was always a limiting factor, as was the cost of phone calls. From this the vision of WRBB as a service to rural and suburban areas out of reach of broadband, being run as a commercially viable business without the support of grants from the taxpayer or the EC, was developed.”
For more information about Sunshine please contact:
45 Broad Street
Tel 0845 129 8223
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