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This chap was on farming today the other morning explaining what he did to get around very slow broadband speeds on his farm.

 

He built a mast that consists of a 20ft wooden tower to which a 12V battery, two solar panels and a 4G mobile data receiver are attached. The 4G receiver is connected to his farmhouse in Salisbury, Wiltshire, with fibre optic cables.

 

He fitted a 4G “dongleâ€, a type of mobile data adapter, inside a waterproof toolbox two thirds of the way up a pair of wooden poles. The adapter converts mobile data signal into a form that allows it to run along fibre-optic cables.

 

Hey presto super-fast broadband. The farmer and his wife have started a company called Agri-Broadband, which aims to get super-fast internet connections to Britain’s rural homes.

 

EDIT

His new broadband speed is 45-69Mbps

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OK if you can get a 4G signal, large areas here still don't even have 1G - despite all the hype and schemes such as £150m MIP they are still hopeless and have done nothing other than tinker with the maps to smooth data from hilltops into the dales..
Why is it you can travel through Europe even deep Alpine valleys and get full coverage, but here if there's a little hill it's an impossible obstacle and they announce it's not economically viable to cover several villages.
We are thronged with tourists this time of year it would get plenty of use.

It's a similar story with broadband, there's a plan to eventually install ONE cabinet in a village three miles away, leaving surrounding areas to help themselves.
The one cabinet will allow them to claim the required % of area as covered. Anyone much over a mile from it won't see any change - lucky to get 2MB down and 300KB up.
The divide gets worse if anything as urban areas romp away with cheaper deals for ever faster and more reliable options while we are not far off dial-up speeds on lines that are often crackly with dismal performance..
If that's off there is nothing at all unless you know semaphore.

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Think that's the smart thing this particular farmer has done, they've put a mast up where it's possible to have 4G and then converted it so it can be connected to a fibre connection so in theory anyone can lay some fibre and connect through to it. 

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I don't think a 1000 foot mast would go down too well here.

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Lol it's 20ft apparently but close enough :D

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Just like the CB days, I had a mast on the back of the house, used CB to chat with friends (lived in a village) and stopped costly phone calls.  Also dabbled with two way radio at the time to allow for data, these were the days when a 9600 baud connection was considered good.

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Lol it's 20ft apparently but close enough :D

It must be an unusual situation where 20 feet makes much difference.

You could almost stand on box

There would need to be a 4G mast within 10 miles or so, it just won't work when there are no masts for miles like here.

The gist of the story is like my post - they won't do anything for rural areas, we have to do it ourselves.

Incidentally by chance that's exactly what we did (try) earlier in the year.

He went up to almost 30 metres and could not get anything at all.

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It must be an unusual situation where 20 feet makes much difference.

You could almost stand on box

There would need to be a 4G mast within 10 miles or so, it just won't work when there are no masts for miles like here.

The gist of the story is like my post - they won't do anything for rural areas, we have to do it ourselves.

Incidentally by chance that's exactly what we did (try) earlier in the year.

He went up to almost 30 metres and could not get anything at all.

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Too right, 4...East Anglia is as bad, if not worse, than The Highlands of Scotland, for BB and cell-phone signals.

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This farmer found a decent reception point and made it a relay point, clever chap.  just coz your attempt was in a poor reception area it failed, he proved a point and dragged a connection to him and the area.

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