Adelaide-based wireless company, MIMP Connecting Solutions, has delivered high-speed broadband services to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.
MIMP is providing the $450,000 backhaul service from the island to the mainland and will partner with an ISP to deliver commercial broadband services.
Supported by the Kangaroo Island Council, MIMP has established a 100 megabit-per-second (Mb/s) microwave wireless connection from Adelaide to Kingscote.
The new NEC Microwave radio network can carry 300 megabits per second (Mb/s) of data to meet expected demand and can be upgraded to 850 Mb/s in future.
As well as providing the Kangaroo Island Council with a full-duplex 20 Mb/s link to its datacentre in Kingscote, MIMP’s link offers broadband to other residents and businesses on the island with limited ADSL and 3G mobile broadband.
Kangaroo Island Council CEO, Andrew Boardman, said MIMP has beat NBN service provider, nbn Co, to the punch.
“MIMP really has beaten NBN to the punch with this service. The NBN has built fixed wireless towers in places like Kingscote, Penneshaw and American River, but is yet to launch its commercial fixed wireless services,” he said.
Boardman claimed the council would recoup its $150,000 contribution to the cost of building the MIMP link over the next three years.
“It replaces a Telstra Private IP WAN connection which was quite expensive. The noticeable difference is the price. After that payback period is complete, the MIMP service will save us tens of thousands a year compared to the Telstra service.
“But the driving factor for the council and for MIMP was the benefits that this link offers the community. Even in areas just outside Kingscote, people can’t even get broadband over a landline phone and they have poor mobile connections. They’re in tin can and string territory,” he said.
Boardman added that the Kangaroo Island Council selected MIMP based on its experience of networking three council premises at Kingscote and its record of using microwave links to connect remote communities, such as delivering high speed broadband to the northern Flinders community of Arkaroola.
MIMP CEO, Allan Aitchison, said the Kangaroo Island microwave link had generated a lot of interest.
“Since the link went live, we’ve received a lot of calls from businesses around the island. By deploying this extra backhaul link from Kangaroo Island to the mainland, we can provide the council with a communications service that can grow cost-effectively as its needs evolve.
“But for us, the really exciting prospect is what we can now offer the broader Kangaroo Island community. This link brings the island from a broadband backwater into the connected mainstream,” Aitchison added.