09 February 2015

Superfast Satellite For Communities Pilot Feasibility Report

This pilot project received funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), via the Superfast Broadband Innovation Fund, which opened for bids on the 21 March 2014.

The Fund was made available to suppliers to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest-to-reach areas of the UK. This report is the first deliverable from the pilot project, and will help share knowledge gained from the Fund across the industry.

While BDUK endorse the publishing of this report, the views contained within the report solely reflect the findings and opinions of the supplier, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of BDUK.

BDUK Information.

Other information on the Superfast Broadband Innovation Fund and BDUK's work on Phase 3 of the UK's Broadband Roll-out can be found on this page at gov.uk

What is SS4C?

SS4C is Superfast Satellite For Communities. This is a new, mixed-mode satellite system combining the efficiencies of sharing satellite backhaul via wifi (SDN) with the individual reach where needed of individual dishes (DTH).

 SS4C system slide web

The report describes the Pilot Project we are undertaking for BDUK in collaboration with Connecting Devon & Somerset, Exmoor Park National Authority and Mendip District Council. You can download a copy of the latest updated report in pdf form by using the link: Satellite Internet Feasibility Report Updated Dec 15.

The initial areas have already been chosen for this Pilot from selected postcodes in the Luxborough, Simonsbath areas. We have already started to contact the addresses involved. Further work is ongoing to identify other locations. If you would like to register for further information or to indicate an interest in future projects, please use this form here.

It is a good model for areas where:

  1. The cost-per-site for other technologies is over a few hundred pounds per site.
  2. The number of sites to be connected is from 1 to a few hundred.

Earlier stories are here and here.

If you would like to know more, please use the Contact Us Page and mention SS4C in your email.