Scotland has Broadband Reach thanks to Avanti
Despite significant investment in network infrastructure Scotland still had many rural areas where broadband access remained impossible.
The Scottish Government sponsored a project to deliver broadband services to the most remote parts of the country. A capital budget of £3.3m was made available to support the project.
Following an international tender Avanti was chosen as the primary supplier of a satellite based broadband solution and over 2000 installations were completed bringing broadband to parts of rural Scotland for the very first time.
Best Practice – Key Points:
- – No one solution fits everywhere
- – Standalone satellite for remote locations.
- – Small wireless clusters with satellite backhaul can be very cost effective where fixed line broadband is non-existent or of poor quality.
- – Bandwidth choice is valued. With ADSL / cable, the maximum bandwidth is determined by locality and is very low for rural populations.
- – The Scottish Government ensured project success by effective marketing to its constituents – this provided a platform of customers to attract industry interest.
- – Central procurement offered better scale than community grants.
- – The Scottish Government tender was technology neutral – this ensured that all potential technologies could be considered and ensured value-for money for the people of Scotland.
- – Avanti delivered.