One of the schools we support is having difficulty getting a Virgin Media Fibre connection to site. The difficulty is due to the school being land-locked by a resident's association who are asking for considerable remuneration for running cables over their land. As a result, the school has been presented with two options going forward; Option 1 is a fixed wireless link to another local school to 'piggyback' their connection (using a wireless non-line of site link over about 0.5 mile). Option 2 is to reconnect the old BT Fibre and continue as before.
Personally I prefer option 2 but they've been informed that if they wish to proceed (at the moment it appears to be with either option), their annual charge for LGfL 2.0 will increase by 35% to just shy of £10,000 for a 20Mbps connection on a 100Mbps bearer. (Also bear in mind that they are entering year 3 of the 5 year deal and have been moved 'temporarily' onto an ADSL line which at best is capable of 1.8Mbps)
Has anyone else had any similar experiences? Also, any opinions about this would be welcomed. Another point to bear in mind that they are entering year 3 of the 5 year deal and have been moved 'temporarily' onto an ADSL line which, at best, is capable of 1.8Mbps which, during the school day effectively means that they have no usable internet and it's been like this for approx 6 weeks.
I've not come across anything like this before I must say. I'd be tempted to run a short distance wireless link from the building to the edge of the road, then a wired solution to the other school building.
When you say 'over their land', does this include in the ground itself as well as a cable high in the air, say building to building?
So how was the original BT line put in place if they're demanding such a high price to install a Virgin media line?
Last edited by Michael; 25th April 2013 at 03:24 PM.