Deltenna WiBE Brings Broadband To Rural Areas

UK broadband start-up firm Deltenna has launched a self-install broadband boosting device, the Wireless Broadband Enabler (WiBE).

The company aims to provide a broadband service to rural areas by using the 3G mobile broadband signal, Deltenna reported on its website.

Deletanna said that the 18x13cm Deltenna WiBE device comes with a SIM-based 3G modem and a boosting phase-array antenna which traces the best signal to provide an average broadband speed of 2Mbps.

The WiBE device also includes a Wi-Fi router, allowing WiBE to connect with any wireless Internet-enabled device in a particular location.

According to Deltenna, WiBE has been tested in rural areas of the UK and is expected to offer greater data throughput than a USB 3G dongle, even when signal strength is poor.

Andrew Fox, chief executive officer of Deltenna, said: "The WiBE's range and throughput means broadband can more easily and cost effectively be deployed in regions that don't have access to DSL."

WiBE allows users to connect any smartphone, laptop or VoIP device to the Internet using its built-in Wi-Fi router.