Digiweb in spectrum deal to deliver broadband to Scottish schools

2 May 2013

Dublin-headquartered telecoms provider Digiweb has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Scot-Tel-Gould to allow the local firm to use its national 10GHz licence in Scotland to deliver broadband to schools.

The deal will enable Scot-Tel to deliver superfast broadband services via wireless spectrum to schools and other council properties across the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland.

Digiweb operates an extensive 10GHz network in Ireland and the UK using UK-based Ogier Electronics as its preferred microwave transmission solutions supplier.

Ofcom awarded Digiweb a number of frequency blocks in the 10GHz range suitable for the development of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint high-speed networks.

The spectrum is ideal for development of backhaul networks, as well as the roll out of regional backhaul networks.

“We welcome Ofcom’s innovative decision to permit spectrum trading in this frequency band, which does allow for a more efficient use of the spectrum,” Digiweb CEO Colm Piercy explained.

“Digiweb is very happy to enter this agreement with Scot-Tel-Gould, which will enable new services be launched in Aberdeenshire to service local needs.

“Multiple requests have prompted us to consider opening spectrum leasing, and we’re happy to consider any further request, once these don’t overlap our own deployments,” Piercy added.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years