Broads internet ‘not-spot’ communities in for fast broadband after transmitter installed at sugar factory

The River Bure at Acle Bridge busy with hire craft and holiday makers on the river during June 2010.

The River Bure at Acle Bridge busy with hire craft and holiday makers on the river during June 2010. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2010

Broads communities which have been internet 'not-spots' can look forward to a future of fast broadband thanks to a new transmitter at a sugar factory.

WiSpire launched its service from Cantley sugar factory on Monday, giving homeowners, businesses and schools in a 16-kilometre radius speeds of up to 30 megabytes per second.

Coverage from the factory, which is owned by British Sugar, will benefit communities including Loddon, Acle and Brundall, but could reach as far as Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Steve Maine, WiSpire chief executive, said: 'We have identified that thousands of broadband users across rural Norfolk suffer dire connect speeds.

'Our new service from Cantley provides a significant step change in the speed and quality of service that we can deliver and positions WiSpire as a true next generation provider.

'Our wireless service will reach out to those rural not-spots, providing much-needed broadband connectivity to those people who wouldn't otherwise get it through a fibre alternative.'

The company, which is supported by EDP publisher Archant and the Diocese of Norwich, has so far installed wi-fi transmitters on 44 churches and delivers broadband to more than 500 premises across the county.

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Normally, coverage stretches about four kilometres, making the transmitter at the factory their first large-scale site.

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