Residents in three East Cambridgeshire villages can look forward to receiving high speed broadband connections thanks to the installation of new radio equipment.
Yesterday saw the official switch-on of the new equipment at St Cyriac and St Julitta Church in Swaffham Prior by members of the Reach and Swaffham Prior (RaSP) community broadband group.
Working in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust, the voluntary group have utilised the tower of St Cyriac and St Julitta, one of the highest points in the village, by installing the new higher speed equipment on to, enabling RaSP members in Swaffham Prior, Reach and Upware better internet connections.
Prior to using the recently developed technology subscribers to the service, who are linked into the privately leased fibre gateway using a wireless network, encountered problems due to many of the radio units on members’ homes being at low heights.
The problem was particularly acute between Swaffham Prior and Reach because of a ridge between the two villages which created a two-stage connection, reducing speeds and increasing network congestion.
“RaSP was set up to bring faster broadband to a rural area of Cambridgeshire with very poor service connection, said High de Lacy, one of RaSP’s technical support personnel.
“Growing demand has lead to severe peak-time congestion on the RaSP network, however the radio point on St Cyriac’s will be a key element in an ongoing upgrade programme to improve the service to our users.”