Microwave radio link bringing superfast broadband to Westow

Tuesday, February 10th 2015
A small North Yorkshire Moors village is benefiting from an innovative superfast broadband trial.
Microwave radio link bringing superfast broadband to Westow
Pioneering superfast broadband technology that uses a microwave radio link in place of underground fibre optic cabling is being trialled in the remote North Yorkshire village of Westow.

The project will see all 136 homes and businesses in the small community hooked up to broadband with speeds of up to 80Mbps thanks to the 3km radio link, which will beam the connection via a special transmitter dish from the nearby exchange at Whitwell Hill.

Westow is benefiting from the pilot scheme as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme – a partnership between BT and the county council.

The telecoms giant said the wireless solution – part of its range of new technologies designed to increase the reach of fibre broadband – is an indication of the company's ongoing commitment to innovation.

BT Project Manager Helen Yarrow explained: "Using microwave radio was the ideal solution for Westow as we knew that it wouldn't be viable to lay a fibre optic cable to such a small and remote community."

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