BT has warned rural communities hoping to get wireless broadband via the newly released 5.8GHz spectrum that they will have to enlist government support to keep prices down.
The 5.8GHz spectrum range is claimed to offer significant benefits to people and businesses in remote areas, as it can transmit over distances of 17 to 18 kilometres, compared to the five to six kilometers covered by the 2.4GHz spectrum.
But BT says that local government and Regional Development Agencies in remote areas will have to partner with internet service providers to cover the cost of rolling out this option.
"If not, network operators and ISPs will not be able to roll these services out and make them commercially viable as they can't charge end users prices that are higher than DSL," said a BT spokesman.
Using the new frequency, ISPs will be able to offer download speeds of up to 1Mbps.
It also allows signals to bounce off buildings, foliage and other obstacles to reach previously inaccessible places, something that has often been a problem for current Wi-Fi broadband projects.
To prove the viability of the spectrum, BT has already started four trials: in Ballingry in Scotland, Pwllheli in Wales, Porthleven in Cornwall and Campsie in Northern Ireland.
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