Manchester based ISP Metronet (UK) has selected millimetre-wave radio wireless specialists Siklu as its partner for the government’s super fast voucher scheme initiative.
During this summer’s market test phase for the scheme in Manchester and Salford, Metronet (UK) took the vast majority of orders, anecdotally one of the most successful supplier responses to the scheme. Ministers are deliberating on the rollout of phase 2 of the voucher scheme, aiming to cover the 22 superconnected cities and Siklu will play a major role in Metronet (UK)’s plans. Expected to roll out in November, phase two will see £150m available for connectivity vouchers.
Siklu is a global company, at the forefront of millimeter wave radio advances. Its EtherHaul product line operating in the 60, 70 and 80GHz millimeter wave bands uses on an all-silicon design resulting in one of the most cost effective and reliable Gigabit wireless backhaul solutions in the industry, the company claims.
Metronet (UK) has been at the vanguard of the Manchester and Salford voucher scheme. By teaming up with Siklu the company is making a statement to the traditional connectivity establishment that it is no longer acceptable to offer ‘subject to survey’ pricing, long lead times and hidden costs. Metronet (UK) is already planning for a radio blanket of the superconnected cities in its wireless coverage area.
President of Siklu, Izik Kirshenbaum said: “In our opinion, Metronet (UK) is unique in its ability to supply high capacity managed circuits using radio. With our best of breed radio products, we have seen them make a massive difference to businesses struggling with poor connectivity during this voucher scheme. ”
James McCall, MD of Metronet (UK) said: “We were the first adopters of 80Ghz radio in the UK and we also deployed the first commercial Siklu product in the UK. This gave us the opportunity to help further develop the product into the market leader it now is.
“Siklu are keen to see millimeter radio form an important part of the UK's Internet infrastructure and this partnership has been formed with the BDUK superconnected cities programme in mind and will see us delivering thousands of high speed Internet connections using Siklu’s EtherHaul products.
“Our customers are using our connectivity solutions, built on Siklu infrastructure, to take them to the cloud. We see this partnership taking us much further,” said McCall.