28 November 2017
Boundless Networks has used hybrid fibre-wireless solutions from Mimosa to build its ultra-fast broadband network.
With offices in Chorley and Leeds, Boundless is a wireless internet service provider (WISP) that covers remote and low-population areas in northern England. Its network spans 5,000 square miles, bringing broadband to previously unreachable customers who can typically receive 160Mbps throughput, which can be shaped down to the appropriate subscription level.
The WISP is using Mimosa Networks’ point-to-multipoint MicroPoP and GigaPoP systems. GigaPoPs are tower deployments using the vendor’s A5c connectorised access points with focused antennas to cover a large geographic area. MicroPoP installations feature Mimosa’s A5 APs mounted on strategically-located rooftops which then connect to C5 client devices. Each AP supports around 25 subscribers and operates using 40MHz channels and Mimosa’s Spectrum Reuse Synchronisation technology.
Customers hosting an AP agree to provide rooftop access in exchange for discounted subscriptions, a strategy which is said to enable Boundless to scale quickly. The WISP now plans to roll out the service across northern England, including Yorkshire and Lancashire, over the next two years.
“Mimosa’s ultrafast fixed 5G solutions have allowed Boundless to jump ahead of city speeds in rural locations,” says MD David Burns. “Being able to deploy this ultra-fast network is a huge benefit to the rural communities we serve, delivering superfast speeds directly to their homes today.”