Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a wholesale open-access fiber network transport provider, announced Wednesday the launch of a wireless broadband pilot project in the Town of Halifax to test the capability of Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) solar powered Wi-Fi equipment to provide wireless broadband access throughout the town.
MBC, in conjunction with Wireless ISP Gamewood Technologies Group, launched this pilot project to test the coverage, speed and functionality of a unique wireless rural broadband access equipment and evaluate the technology for wider deployment in rural, unserved communities.
VNL, a hi-tech company headquartered in India, has partnered with MBC for a new approach to delivering low-cost, GSM and high speed broadband to unserved rural areas across the globe.
The Halifax project incorporates VNL's unique WorldGSMTM Rural Site and Village Site solutions, which utilize solar power to run the wireless network. The wireless system is connected to MBC's open-access fiber optic transport network that provides dedicated connectivity from the solar powered base station to Gamewood's Internet Network.
"We are delighted to partner with MBC and Gamewood to deliver wireless broadband access in the Town of Halifax. This historic and scenic town is such a contrast to the harsh topography of remote areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America, where VNL has deployed GSM and broadband networks. That's the beauty of a simple, sustainable solutions like WorldGSM - it fits in fine, anywhere. Compact and green, it's showing the way to deliver cost-effective access to unserved communities" said Rajiv Mehrotra, founder chairman and CEO of VNL.
Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy said, "Downtown businesses and visitors to the historic county seat were accustomed to free Wi-Fi when Pure Internet/Kinex offered the service until the copany closed its office two years ago. MBC and Gamewood Technologies have provided their wireless expertise, allowing our community to once again possess an enhanced technology which improves the overall business climate and quality of life we seek as part of the town's ongoing revitalization."
"Gamewood Technology Group, Inc. is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Town and County of Halifax, MBC and VNL to bring these wireless services to the area. We look forward to building on this partnership and seeing how this pilot project can be used by the area residents and businesses successfully," said Ed Wilborne, chief information officer of Gamewood.
"Bridging the Digitsal Divide is a critical piece of our mission," said Tad Deriso, president and CEO of MBC. "We continue to try new things to enable ISP's to expand their last-mile reach. We believe a solar-powered wireless broadband platform can be a benefit to continue expansion of low-cost wireless broadband services in hard to reach, rural areas of Southern Virginia."
To log on to the service Satterfield invited users "to select Halifax WiFi from their list of available networks, select complimentary access from the drop down box, click the box to agree to the terms, and then enjoy surfing the Internet." Ed Wilborne, President of Gamewood Technologies, Inc. added "speed and usability of service can be affected by a variety of factors including distance from the access point and therefore your experience may vary." Chief Lands pointed out that because the free serviceis offered on an open network, users should refrain from accessing password enabled websites and online accounts.