Zeeland to start wireless broadband pilot at campsites – Telecompaper (subscription)

The provincial government in Zeeland has approved the start of a pilot project 01 July to offer wireless broadband in the beach resort Cadzand-Bad. This follows a study by the Dutch province, three local municipalities, and the business groups ZLTO and Recron into the technical and financial feasibility of the wireless broadband in remote areas of Zeeland. This found that the latest wireless technologies make fast connections possible. The pilot is expected to confirm the technology ahead of possible introduction in other recreational spots. 

Four larger camping sites and caravan parks in Cadzand-Bad with more than 100 individual stations will participate in the six-month pilot. The province is providing a subsidy of EUR 40,000 for the project to Greenet, the company deploying the network. Local utilities group Delta is providing the backhaul connection. 

KPN and Delta were also approached about deploying the network, but neither was interested in using wireless technology to serve remote areas. According to the province, around 12,000 residents and businesses in outlying areas of Zeeland do not have access to broadband. Where Delta’s cable network does cover, sites are often too far from KPN’s exchanges to receive fast internet over DSL. 

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