In December 2006, very early on in the life of the Coalition government, a plan was published entitled “Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future “. In a sign of the importance attached to the project, the government stated its intention of providing a “digital hub “in every community regardless of how remote and sparsely populated it was. Its aim was “ to ensure every community has a point to which fibre is delivered, capable of allowing the end connection to the consumer to be upgraded – either by communities themselves, or since this will make the business case more viable, industry itself might choose to extend the network to the premises.” The rather ambitious deadline for this plan was 2015 i.e. the date of the next general election.

Although the backhaul networks required to fulfil this commitment rely on a mixture of microwave, fibre and copper, it is clear that fibre is going to have to do the heavy lifting and the capital cost of rolling this out to rural areas takes some justification. Advocates of the huge investment necessary cite not only its beneficial effects on next-generation local access network provision but other benefits such as greater efficiency in public services and the ability of mobile operators to roll out 3G and LTE 4G mobile broadband offerings.

One example of how the roll-out could take place in practice is provided by Rutland where fibre has been connected to a central sub-loop with point-to-point radio providing the backhaul from a number of smaller, surrounding villages. The latter, involves conducting line of site surveys and sourcing suitable premises for masts or erecting poles, together with gathering the required way leaves and landlord commitments.

With only 3 years to go before the target date expires, it will be interesting to see how close the government gets to its original goal bearing in mind both the physical and financial hurdles involved.

Microwave radio links are the ideal choice if customers need connectivity in a remote location and MLL deliver high capacity microwave backhaul links – up to 500Mb/s – designed to complement LTE cells. Our cross polar antennae double the available bandwidth if needed up to 1Gb/s across a single link.

MLL Telecom understands the importance of fast and efficient networks and is a fully licensed operator with code system powers, which grant the planning permissions needed to enable rapid wireless circuit deployments.