The Seminar was organised by Lindsey Annison of
Dales/Edenfaster with an introduction by Guy Kewney of
John Wilson -
Technology Concepts Ltd, Secretary of
Case Study – a success
story from the US – the rural Iowa model is adopted by the
BSG as a case study. It highlights no-license wireless as a last mile
solution, a commercial Wireless ISP success story, that is clearly a model
for what might happen in the UK.
John showed a video case study of a wireless ISP success story in
rural Iowa, Interlink's @anywhere wireless internet service delivers
affordable broadband across the community from local government to small
business and residential use.
The project was backed by the community and the state, you can see the
The local area seemed very flat and they used the water tower and
large building to relay the wireless signals.
Apparently the US equivalent of our 802.11b equipment are licensed to
transmit at 1 Watt, whereas the UK government restrict the output to 300mW
Niall Murphy -
Inspired Broadcast Networks
is a UK nationwide, broadband Wi-Fi network providing Internet and
corporate network access services. The largest Wi-Fi network in Europe,
The Cloud will provide Wi-Fi access in some 3,000 locations across the
UK. The Cloud provides its carrier class network to branded service
providers, enabling them to provide branded Wi-Fi services to their
The Cloud has partnered with Intel, Ericsson and BT. It is part
of a leisure company that puts gaming machines in public houses. It is
leveraging this network of gaming machines to provide wireless hot spots
around the UK.
At present it would appear that areas need to be ADSL enabled before
this organisation could be of use to our project. But if you see a
computer based gaming machine with internet access in a local pub let me
Neil Daly -
SkyLINC has developed the
innovative LIBRA (Low-cost Integrated Broadband Radio Access) solution
with the aim of providing the cheapest first mile solution for service
providers wishing to reach those customers presently unserviceable by cost
and coverage restrictions.
A truly innovative solution to rural problem from a Yorkshire company.
This involves putting a tethered aerostat about 1½ miles up in the air,
the tether is fibre and the terrestrial transmitter has an 80 km
footprint. They aim to give customers 2Mb each way (max ADSL at the moment
is 2mb download and 256k upload). You would need a satellite dish on the
ground to receive the signal. 18 units would cover 95% of the UK.
SkyLINC are looking to sell/licence the technology to ISP's and are
looking for a partner to fund the first platform. They have all the
planning/regulatory licences in place. The first operational unit is about
nine months out.
See Guy Kewney's article:
BT faces shock competition in leased lines - from balloons This
article and the accompanying photograph was written at the seminar and, I
believe, submitted to Guy's website using the Mesh AP below.
Jon Anderson, Richard
Lander - Locust
Demonstration of LocustWorld Mesh AP
A Mesh box is a Linux based wireless access point and router combined.
You do not need any knowledge of Linux to run one.
The company set up several boxes and linked them to the
Aramiska Satellite van to give the attendees a local area network
connected to the internet. Once my laptop had connected to the Mesh
network browsing the web and checking the broadband registrations seemed
to be very quick with no discernable latency.
The advantage of the Mesh boxes over standard wireless ap's seemed to
be the access control and the routing protocols.
– LocustWorld hands-on session on the MeshAP; also includes James Stephens
Regulation and Policy Agenda – John Wilson, member of BSG Wireless
Community and Business Agenda – Charlie Bass, Chair of the BSG
I attended the Community workshop and learned a lot about the
Cambridge Ring/Invisible networks from John Harris of Carnet Ltd
Phil Gee of
The Bulls Head Inn in
Derbyshire had lots of funding ideas which I propose to follow up.
Finally I would like to thank Lindsey Annison for her efforts in
organising a very useful event. The
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens provided a superb location and the lunch was
to be recommended.