Beyond the reach of fibre: Wireless broadband boost for rural Ireland

22 Jun 2017

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Efforts are underway to eliminate the digital divide in rural Ireland.

Wireless ISP Eurona and tech firm Azotel have begun the deployment of a new technology to bring high-speed wireless broadband to rural communities.

The companies have deployed PMP 450 with cnMedusa technology from global wireless broadband solutions provider Cambium Networks.

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The new technology is to be made available to residents in Longford, Cavan, Roscommon and Leitrim.

‘This capability gives people with multiple devices in a household or business the opportunity to have reliable high-speed connectivity’

Azotel CEO John O’Hare said the new solution now offers the ability for the company’s base of operators to quadruple capacity on these networks without the need for additional spectrum.

“Service providers can, from today, rapidly deploy cost-effective, next-generation broadband services to remote rural areas,” O’Hare said.

5GHz spectrum

Barry Wilson, CEO of Eurona, said that the PMP 450 system makes it possible for people using wireless to stream videos and upload and download data at a much quicker rate.

“This capability gives people with multiple devices in a household or business the opportunity to have reliable high-speed connectivity. This is great news for the people of Longford and surrounding counties and rural communities beyond the reach of fibre technology,” Wilson said.

The PMP 450m is the first commercially available, massive, multi-user MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) platform for fixed wireless broadband.

Operating in the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum, the PMP 450m integrated antenna array (14 by 14) exceeds both 802.11ac Wave 2 and LTE-A planned implementation (8 by 8), and yields the ability to support up to seven simultaneous carrier chains.

“PMP 450m delivers high performance across a network by only changing out the access point,” explained Matt Mangriotis, global director of product management for Cambium Networks.

“Proven in multiple deployments around the world, cnMedusa technology, utilising massive, multi-user MIMO techniques, simultaneously communicates with up to seven existing PMP 450 subscriber modules at once, dramatically increasing sector capacity.”

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