Recap of UK WISPA 2020: Delivering Superfast Broadband to Rural Communities in the UK
Author: Stuart Little, Director, International Product Line Marketing
On the 16th of January this year, Aviat attended our first UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA) Members Meeting in London. Aviat recently joined the organization as a Gold Technology Partner. The meeting was held in London and attended by more than 100 delegates from all over the UK and abroad. UKWISPA is the official trade body recognized by UK authorities and seeks to promote the interests of the industry and ensure that services provided by members are of the highest standards possible. “There is a fiber political focus on full-fiber at this time, and this will result in many areas of the UK feeling left behind, as fiber overbuild will target premises with FTTC, creating a ‘gigabit or nothing’ scenario,” stated David Burns, Chairman of UKWISPA. “We will be lobbying for a voucher scheme that provides 100 or 200 Mbps connectivity into the properties that will be left behind by the next wave of fiber deployment.”
The meeting included numerous presentations during the day, including members from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, OFCOM, UKWISPA members and vendor partners, including Aviat. Aviat’s presentation was an introduction to the company, and also discussed how Members could deploy Carrier-Grade microwave and millimeter-wave backhaul in their networks to maximize network capacity and reliability while minimizing costs and complexity. Based on our growing traction in the WISP market in the USA, it is clear that as WISPs grow and attract more customers, they need the reliability and capacity that only licensed microwave can provide, when compared to lower-cost unlicensed solutions, and most WISPs also don’t have access to, or the money to pay for, leased fiber for their backhaul network.
In the UK, with Rural Voucher eligibility under the Building Digital UK (BDUK) program linked to delivering a minimum of 100 Mbps, it doesn’t take too many customers before backhaul needs to grow to Gigabit speeds. New multi-channel microwave (6 to 38 GHz), E-Band (80 GHz), and Multi-Band (microwave + E-Band) link solutions, like Aviat’s WTM 4000 platform, put several powerful tools into the hands of WISPs to meet their growing network demands.
Aviat at UKWISPA
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