Broadband can ride on new radio waves
- Dec 23, 2003
Licence fees will be initially set at an annual fee of £1 per terminal, subject to a minimum annual charge of £50.
"Opening this band is expected to boost the development of fixed wireless access services, such as low cost internet access in areas not currently reached by broadband services. This will benefit the rural economy," the DTI said in a prepared statement.
The hope for radio broadband is that it will plug gaps in ADSL coverage, since it promises to connect homes and businesses up to 10km apart.
BT began testing radio broadband last week when it announced a three-month trial in remote parts of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
If successful the trial could lead to the roll-out of a radio broadband services to rural areas that are regarded as commercially or technically unviable for ADSL installation.
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