Telabria, a provider of wireless networks for rural, urban, and enterprise markets, has launched a new state-of-the-art wireless broadband solution for rural communities not currently served by broadband Internet access.
Using the flexibility of mesh radio technology, Telabria RuralMesh™ is a fully-managed, turnkey community broadband network that is cost-effective to deploy in rural and remote areas that do not have a broadband-enabled telephone exchange, or are too far from an enabled exchange to receive ADSL.
The nationwide launch of RuralMesh™ follows a successful three-month pilot in rural communities in Kent, where Telabria trialled cutting-edge mesh technology that solves line-of-sight issues commonly associated with wireless broadband solutions.
In a unique collaboration with Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, Telabria turned the village pub in three communities – Doddington, Wye, and Bridge – into the technological hub of a wireless mesh network.
Each hub is equipped with a two-way 2Mbps satellite Internet connection and a discreet chimney-mounted antenna that makes the connection available throughout the surrounding community.
Residents or businesses wanting Internet access are supplied with a small box or node that communicates directly to the hub, or if there is no clear line of sight to the hub, through neighbouring nodes.
Jim Baker, Telabria founder and chief executive officer, said: “RuralMesh™ is the perfect solution for communities looking to deploy a wireless alternative to ADSL quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.”
“We are now able to deliver broadband to remote or rural areas all over the UK, which is particularly important for communities that are more than six kilometres from their telephone exchange, as even once their exchange is enabled for ADSL service they’ll be too far to receive it due to the technical limitations.
“RuralMesh™ not only provides individual access to the Internet for businesses and villagers but creates a wireless local area network enabling communities to share resources such as printers and servers, establish an instant messaging service, develop their own local portal, and even install a cost-efficient ‘neighbourhood watch’ camera security system. Emerging technologies such as Voice Over IP (VoIP) could ultimately enable a community to replace landline communications altogether.
”In our pilot communities, our solution has given rural residents a choice. Many customers can run their business more efficiently or work from home more frequently. Our customers are able to take full advantage of the benefits the Internet has to offer, which are often taken for granted by urban communities.”
RuralMesh™ can be set up in any community within 30 days and uses an accessible venue such as a pub, church hall or local school as the hub. The network is backhaul-agnostic, using satellite, leased line, or fixed wireless technology to connect the community to the Internet. The system requires a minimum of 20 users to be installed, and will cost subscribers £30 per month for 512Kbps service.
As part of Telabria’s commitment to invest in the rural economy, the firm will donate a percentage of monthly revenues to an independently managed fund, which communities can use to finance local projects.
To register your interest or for further information on Telabria and its products, visit www.telabria.com.
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