Local Loch Ness communities to get broadband via TV White Space

Friday, November 24th 2017

Areas around Loch Ness, near Inverness in Scotland, will be delivered broadband connectivity in the next phase of the roll-out by Broadway Partners and Nominet, using TV White Space (TVWS) broadband technology. The installations around Loch Ness, a tourist spot, will help cover a thousand homes and business, spread over a number of villages and communities here.

Broadway Partners have successfully launched TVWS supported broadband service on the Isle of Arran (Scotland) and has an ongoing pilot project in Llanarth, Wales. The local communities around Loch Ness had approached Broadway Partners to rollout broadband, powered by the spectrum management service of Nominet, in their areas.

TVWS radio which operates at lower frequencies than most other wireless broadband services, is relatively unhampered by physical barriers, like trees and buildings, thus making the technology ideal to cater to challenging rural environments. Nominet's geo-location database manages the spectrum dynamically, telling what frequencies the devices can use, at what power. This ensures that TV signals don't interfere with TV broadcast.

Loch Ness , the largest fresh water body in the UK, generates tourism key to the local economy. Only some in Drumnadrochit, the largest village here, have access to a fast FTTC service. A majority of households and businesses here, surrounding the loch, get poor connectivity, while some don't ge it at all, which is also a problem to the tourists and outdoor enthusiasts coming to the loch to holiday, every year. CEO of Nominet, Russell Haworth, is happy to be part of the project and looks forward to put their tech to the test here.

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