Faster broadband gathers speed thanks to new company

It’s over 20 years since digital broadband first started to roll out but finally Lightning Fast broadband has reached one of the region’s most remote locations thanks to a new local company.

Wildanet, based at Goonhilly Earth Station, has introduced faster broadband to the Lizard Peninsula and beyond, where many villages continue to suffer from poor broadband speeds, or no broadband at all.

The independent company uses leading edge radio technology to offer dependable internet speeds from a guaranteed minimum of 20Mbps to villages such as Gweek, Manaccan, Mullion and Mawgan. While most broadband is delivered through copper or fibre optic cables, Wildanet use fixed wireless technology to supply fast internet connections via radio waves, similar to a mobile phone signal. Customers use a receiver, installed by Wildanet, that picks up a signal from the providers Community Hubs, which in turn connects devices to the internet.

Ian Calvert, CEO of Wildanet, said “It’s been an ambition of our management team since 1996 to enable people in the Hard to Reach Areas (HTRA’s) of Cornwall to get better quality, digital connections. Since then, the technology and equipment has improved enormously which gave us confidence to set up Wildanet with the objective to provide simple pricing, good quality and stable broadband.

“We are planning to extend our network from Goonhilly to Plymouth this year which will cover most of Southern Cornwall albeit the topology of Cornwall may, in our first pass, preclude some from getting service. The roll out to the rest of the county will happen in the early part of next year. From a pricing perspective we are highly competitive, and the user experience is something vastly superior in comparison to what people are used to for example, it won’t fade when the kids get home from school! We think every person, family or business, wherever they are, should have as much bandwidth as they want and not be restricted by crumbling networks.”

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