Those living and working in rural areas with limited or no 3G connection could benefit from a device that wireless technology firm claims can boost signal coverage to provide a typical internet speed of 2.8Mbit/s over Wi-Fi.
The WiBE (Wireless Broadband Enabler) gets hold of a 3G signal and turns it into a Wi-Fi connection so that devices such as smartphones, laptops and VoIP phones can get online in areas where they normally fail to find a 3G signal.
Deltenna claimed that the device can offer up to 30 times better performance than laptop 3G dongles, a connection range that's three to five times further, and maximum 3G speeds of 7.2Mbit/s.
A spokesman for the firm said that the WiBE had been tested in several areas around the UK that suffer from poor internet connections, including Wiltshire, North Wales and the Lake District, and managed a good connection.
"In Clynnog Fawr in Wales the device managed speeds of up to 792Kbit/s where there is almost no discernable signal, while in Wiltshire it was hitting up to 3Mbit/s, fast enough to watch the iPlayer or use YouTube," he said.
"The device could certainly help businesses in rural areas get online, and we have plans to look at other locations including Africa and India where 3G licences have just been approved."
The device has been chosen by UK Trade and Investment to represent British innovation at next year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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