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Standard User chilting
(learned) Mon 27-Jul-15 19:30:26
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Blaze Wireless


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Blaze Wireless who are based in Chichester. Have just announced plans to extend their coverage into more rural parts of West Sussex.
You can check coverage for your area by following the link for Arun Valley network news on their homepage.
They are at present very actively looking for new residential and business customers.
The transmitter will be located on the South Downs close to Bignor.
Standard User kijoma
(committed) Fri 31-Jul-15 09:10:47
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we have know of a few properties that we cannot reach at present (Kijoma) that may be within the footprint of their proposed coverage, ask them to contact us , we may be able to help?

We can discuss frequency planning too so we don't stomp on each others networks etc..

cheers

Bill

Bill Lewis - MD
Kijoma Broadband
Fixed wireless ISP - ISPA/CISAS/RIPE member
Standard User chilting
(learned) Fri 31-Jul-15 11:32:05
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All Done
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Standard User chilting
(learned) Wed 23-Sep-15 13:57:48
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Update 23rd September 2015
Blaze have no agreed terms to lease space on the Burton Downs Police Masts at Bignor in West Sussex. Contracts are at present being drawn up. No date has yet been fixed for the service to commence. Details of the proposed coverage area can be found on the Blaze Wireless website. Blaze are based at Chichester in West Sussex.
Standard User kijoma
(committed) Wed 13-Jan-16 13:49:21
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Update: Blaze have ignored all attempts at contact from us.

It seems from people contacting us that they are also not responding to existing and potential customers either.

They were present at the Broadband Summit in Midhurst in November but did not engage in the debate or talk to me.

video here > http://www.southdowns.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcas...

the content of the video is a good example of why the process is so corrupt and why genuine commercial providers are reluctant to invest in new areas.

Bill Lewis - MD
Kijoma Broadband
Fixed wireless ISP - ISPA/CISAS/RIPE member
Standard User chilting
(regular) Wed 13-Jan-16 14:15:42
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Blaze are waiting for the solicitors to finish work on the contact so that they can use the Police transmitters at Bignor - this is taking rather a long time but there is light at the end of the tunnel!

On a general point the lack of support by BDUK for all our Fixed Wireless operators in West Sussex and beyond is deeply frustrating and I can only conclude that BDUK have no intention of promoting Fixed Wireless and every intention of just fobbing us of with satellite broadband.

I can now appreciate how frustrating it is to be Fixed Wireless operator and why decisions over future expansion are so much of a lottery.
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 13-Jan-16 16:21:34
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I believe it is very difficult for local government to put their weight behind any private company/initiative without going through some sort of procurement exercise - if you go too far then the EU consider it to be state aid or competitors start to complain that the gov is helping companies to the detriment of others.

The reason most councils have gone through the BDUK framework is because the EU make it quite difficult and expensive to do anything else. The satellite vouchers are a simple option as they are being driven by central government and therefore it is central government that have any issues around state aid rather than the local authority.
Standard User chilting
(regular) Wed 13-Jan-16 22:54:51
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If the bureaucrats could find some way of extending the voucher scheme to include Fixed Wireless that would give it a tremendous boost.
The main benefit would be that it would give credibility and publicity to new and existing networks. Any actual cash injection would obviously help, but it would be secondary.
To offer rural consumers a full choice of ADSL, Fixed Wireless and Satellite would go a long way to fulfilling the Governments digital commitment to the final 5% beyond the reach of fibre and it would leave the door open to FTTP if the investment ever became available.
Standard User brandscill
(experienced) Wed 13-Jan-16 23:14:31
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Ironic to see you complaining of no response to your requests for contact, that's what a lot of your potential customers (myself included) expierenced trying to work with you.

Plus Net - 40/20
Standard User kijoma
(committed) Thu 14-Jan-16 11:47:19
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I am guessing this is bad eggs because we did not cover your property in the past and did not expend our customers money on adding that coverage just for you ?

We acknowledge there are always going to be properties that want our service but are outside our coverage for whatever reason. We cannot magically provide everywhere.

Ironically the BDUK process via WSCC have declared that because we do not cover every property in oue catchment area then that gives them the reason to exclude us from existence.

I wonder how many properties do not get the 24 Mbps minimum via Openreach infrastructure funded heavily by the state ? I think Chilting will be able to input to this?

It does not seem to result in Openreach having to give any of the money back though, despite the contractual requirement for a minimum speed of 24 (and now 30) Mbps from this funded roll out.

It is a farce and the video of the meeting i posted clearly reveals this. Especially when a central Gov MP declares a financial interest in BT brazingly in public.

So providers like Kijoma are freely allowed to be over built still, infrastructure put in already as seen form the video has them trying hard to push people to take it up so they can justify the expenditure.

This means Kijoma and others are a thorn in the side. Our customers are not using this infrastructure and therefore need to be re-educated it seems.

But hey who would want to go back to paying more and gaining abysmal customer service

You tell me where you can get Broadband of 30Mbps+ with 40GB and phone with a total cost of ~ £17.99 a month. added to this calls at a tenth of the cost with per second billing and no connection fees or line rental?

Kijoma will continue to invest in our existing customers first, new customers and coverage areas always come second. The latter especially while the current BDUK attitude prevails.

This is a loss to many and stifles our business too, but market distortion is just that and is what state aid is not allowed to be used for. But it is in this case.

We have already experienced the dirty tricks of BT retail and this not only is to our detriment but also to all other ISP's that rely on openreach infrastructure.

It is no surprise that nearly all the people who sign up to "fibre" go to BT retail or a subsidary such as Plusnet. The "infinity" campaign was a highly successful BT retail promotion, putting the word "infinity" to mean fibre into peoples minds in the same was as Hoover for a vacuum cleaner.

It is also unsurprising that WSCC and its members promoted that "BT retail" campaign far and wide.

Nick Herbert MP recently raised this issue but after a meeting with BT he kind of dropped the complaint... odd that..



In reply to a post by brandscill:
Ironic to see you complaining of no response to your requests for contact, that's what a lot of your potential customers (myself included) expierenced trying to work with you.


Bill Lewis - MD
Kijoma Broadband
Fixed wireless ISP - ISPA/CISAS/RIPE member
Standard User kijoma
(committed) Thu 14-Jan-16 12:05:44
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Hi Chilting,

Satellite is an easy tick box for .Gov . it on the surface covers "everywhere" even though it doesn't and neatly brushes under the carpet the failures of the BDUK process so far.

To be honest, we would rather they just left the market alone. The industry was a completely different place 10 years ago and ~5 years ago when the BDUK thing started.

There are now mature and evolving technologies and businesses willing to implement them such as Kijoma . It does not need to be proven or necessarily subsidised .

All the BDUK process is currently doing is stifling this free enterprise in order to ensure BT become the soul infrastructure provider as much as possible.

Satellite isn't good generally so BT know full well that over time people will demand better and they will be there awaiting the next state handout cheque to fulfill this with FTTP etc..


The lengths West Sussex have gone to in order to try and achieve this are quite staggering. FTTP en mass to hamlets and small villages. Commendable some might say ?

But if those hamlets already have 30-40Mbps Broadband services and over 95% of the properties use it then it quickly can be seen to be a collosal waste of resource and state money.

State money that could of been used to enable a hell of a lot more FTTC cabs in the areas they have ignored, oddly enough areas that do not have a Fixed Wireless or other high speed option such as 4G .

From this it can be deduced that State Aid has clearly been used as a competitive tool , something it is strictly forbidden to be used for. Leaving those in genuine need without.

If you need an example then look no further than this site at the maps.

http://maps.thinkbroadband.com/?utm_source=mainsite&...

See which ISP these are for and then factor in the FTTP roll out there.


As for Blaze, I do not envy their position, they are new to the technology ,the industry and more importantly the politics.

This is not something to enter in for the feint hearted , inexperienced or politically naive .




In reply to a post by chilting:
If the bureaucrats could find some way of extending the voucher scheme to include Fixed Wireless that would give it a tremendous boost.
The main benefit would be that it would give credibility and publicity to new and existing networks. Any actual cash injection would obviously help, but it would be secondary.
To offer rural consumers a full choice of ADSL, Fixed Wireless and Satellite would go a long way to fulfilling the Governments digital commitment to the final 5% beyond the reach of fibre and it would leave the door open to FTTP if the investment ever became available.


Bill Lewis - MD
Kijoma Broadband
Fixed wireless ISP - ISPA/CISAS/RIPE member
Standard User brandscill
(experienced) Thu 14-Jan-16 22:56:59
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You covered my area, you just never replied to any emails.

Plus Net - 40/20
Standard User mpellatt
(member) Sun 24-Jan-16 10:21:28
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Meanwhile, over in Kent, there's an excellent Wireless ISP who's been getting on with the job, good pre-sales comms, went the "extra mile" to deliver to my customer. Reliability would have been excellent if it was a wired link - as it's wireless, it's unbelievably good !!
Rather than constantly bemoaning what BDUK is up to, as far I can tell they take every opportunity presented in the marketplace to build their business - for instance they've rolled-out GEA kit in BT exchanges across Kent.
No relationship with them (Orbital, in case anyone wonders), other than as a satisfied customer
Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Sun 24-Jan-16 10:35:53
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So would you say Orbital is better than Kijoma?
Standard User mpellatt
(member) Sun 24-Jan-16 10:45:25
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Couldn't say. Never used Kijoma - neither been nor had a customer within their coverage.

But I get a bit tired of their MD's constant harping. Yes, there's loads wrong with BDUK. The return of monies from BT has demonstrated that it's in reality what I always said it was - underwriting of investment that BT could (and would if they were the least bit entrepreneurial) have made anyway. But this isn't the forum to get that changed.
Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Sun 24-Jan-16 10:59:57
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In reply to a post by mpellatt:
But I get a bit tired of their MD's constant harping. Yes, there's loads wrong with BDUK. The return of monies from BT has demonstrated that it's in reality what I always said it was - underwriting of investment that BT could (and would if they were the least bit entrepreneurial) have made anyway.
Yes, I also get tired of their whingeing especially as I believe they are actively preventing BDUK from considering areas they claim to be active in, yet being uncontactable by potential customers. Very selfish.
Standard User WWWombat
(knowledge is power) Sun 24-Jan-16 18:48:34
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Bill might complain about overbuild, but he tells us why - Kijoma don't cover 100% of premises in an area.

If you were one of the uncovered properties, you'd think things were as unfair as Bill believes, but for the opposite reason.

The fact is that even Virgin leaves themselves open to overbuild, by failing to cover 100%. BDUK rules absolutely allow for this, nationwide.
Standard User brandscill
(experienced) Sat 30-Jan-16 15:44:08
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100% this.

Data that West Sussex Better Connected scheme had said I couldn't be helped as high speed alternatives were available. I couldn't argue with the data they had as I could never get a response from Kijoma to say whether or not they could provide coverage. Their website and maps on here indicated they could, but the lack of response to emails I sent wasn't good enough for West Sussex to rule it out.

Plus Net - 40/20
Standard User chilting
(regular) Fri 24-Jun-16 14:10:11
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Great news!!!

Blaze has finally sorted out the legal side of things and are now taking orders for its Arun Valley network.

Also Kijoma are extending their network.

With both companies transmitting from different locations those of us who have been left out by Openreach now have an golden opportunity to receive superfast broadband from one or the other company.
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