Deltenna’s WiBE goes on direct sale
2Mbps rural broadband device becomes available – iPlayer in the Lake District, Spotify in Snowdonia, email in the Cairngorms
Chippenham-based wireless technology developer Deltenna is now selling its WiBE device that deliver fast broadband to rural areas to consumers and businesses in the UK and Ireland through its reseller network.
The gadget connects to the 3G mobile network and creates a web hotspot – even when a mobile phone, dongle or MiFi device wouldn’t register a 3G signal. Recent independent tests for a UK broadcaster showed that in areas of weak signal the device delivers a data throughput 30-times greater than a 3G USB modem dongle. And the connection range is typically between three and five-times that of the 3G dongle.
The WiBE’s maximum throughput is 7.2Mbps and extensive tests in the UK demonstrate a typical download speed of 2.8Mbps in rural regions. These are achieved through Deltenna’s patented directional antennas and alignment algorithms. The device automatically tests each mobile cell in range to determine the fastest available download speed and configures its aerials to achieve the best possible connection and block any interference.
The first companies to offer the WiBE are Cetag Systems (http://www.wibe.ie) in Ireland and Buzz Networks (http://www.buzznetworks.co.uk) in the UK. Buzz will resell the WiBE with its VoIP service under the name Hubb@, while the unit is available from Cetag directly for £425, although Deltanna expects that to fall quickly once network operators start offering the technology.
The WiBE is undergoing trials with major network operators and was recently selected by the UK Trade and Investment to represent the best of British innovation at Mobile World Congress 2011.
- Deltenna’s WiBE rural broadband device: swans and geese now free to browse (engadget.com)
- Deltenna’s Wireless Broadband Enabler (WiBE) Delivers Reliable 2Mbps Connection to Rural Areas (eon.businesswire.com)
- Wi-Fi Direct promises range, bandwidth higher than Bluetooth (thehindu.com)
- Vodafone boosts options with mobile Wi-Fi device (v3.co.uk)
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