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WIFI AND WIRELESS

As we travel around Suffolk, we’re finding lots of interest in our wifi and wireless solutions. With people getting ready for the holiday season, we have installed wifi networks for hotels, holiday parks and caravan sites.

Holidays aside, we’ve recently provided WiFi services for the Precision Farming event at Otley College, the Anglia Business Exhibition and the Suffolk Show. Our systems ensure that exhibitors have good access to email on their stand; they can then upgrade the speed and bandwidth to allow for card processing and video streaming.

It’s apparent that lots of business people are still anxious for faster broadband speeds. Admittedly, the Better Broadband for Suffolk scheme has enabled fibre at more than 75,000 Suffolk properties but still huge numbers of businesses are waiting for the fibre roll-out to reach them. Worse still, some are finding that they are too far from the actual cabinet to benefit from superfast speeds.

Because of its latency issues, we’ve always maintained that, in the absence of fibre, satellite broadband isn’t really a viable contender for anywhere but the most remote areas. The high latency of a satellite service will hamper businesses trying to use VOIP calls and remote desktop because many online services will be too slow to respond. You don’t have these issues with a wireless broadband system.

Compare our wireless broadband with a latency of just 9ms with properties nearby - 720ms on a satellite connection. Why is this beneficial? Low latency, fast upload and download speeds enable the BBC Springwatch live camera feeds to give coverage on the Red Button throughout the day. Last week we were onsite again at RSPB Minsmere, a stone’s throw from our office, reinstalling a 100Mb wireless broadband service ready for this week’s wildlife action.

And you know the best bit? Now that Rade is an official supplier on the Connection Voucher scheme, more businesses in our local area can benefit from our superfast broadband. SMEs can apply for a grant when installation costs will be more than £100. Give Tish a call on 01502 478000 to find out more.