Gigabit wireless arrives in the UK
- New service supplies lightning-fast speeds without digging up streets
- US firm WeLink partners with UK tech pioneer to support Project Gigabit
WeLink, the fast-growing US internet service provider, is launching its wireless technology in the UK to supply gigabit speeds to households and businesses without having to dig up streets.
The Utah-based company, which recently completed a $185m fundraising to expand across new US markets, has partnered with UK entrepreneur Peter Wilkinson, founder of pioneering internet companies Planet Online, Freeserve and Sports Internet Group, to roll out lightning-fast connectivity across British towns and suburbs.
Founded in 2018, WeLink has developed a fixed-wireless broadband approach that is much quicker and less expensive to deploy than traditional fibre-to-the-premises. It extends the reach of fibre into residential and commercial areas using the latest advances in wireless technologies and network routing to deliver gigabit speeds for homes and businesses while avoiding the delay and disruption of laying fibre-optic cables underground.
WeLink Communications Ltd, a new UK company, will support Project Gigabit, the government’s ambitious £5bn broadband infrastructure programme to accelerate the economic recovery from Covid, boost high-growth sectors like tech and the creative industries and level up the country, spreading wealth and creating jobs across Britain.
Peter Wilkinson, chairman of WeLink Communications Ltd and chief executive of Intechnology plc, said: “Barely two in five British households have access to gigabit speeds. Our wireless technology can put every home and business into the broadband fast lane.”
Natalie Duffield, chief executive of WeLink Communications Ltd, said: “No other solution can provide gigabit speeds without digging up streets and all the delay and disruption that entails. WeLink can be expanded very quickly across British towns and suburbs and serve up massive benefits for companies, consumers and communities.”
Gigabit speeds liberate people to live and work flexibly from anywhere they choose in Britain and enable high-definition streaming and gaming across multiple devices at the same time.
Kevin Ross, founder and CEO of WeLink, said: “As a fast-growing US company, we are very excited to be launching in the UK and helping households and businesses to quickly access fairly-priced gigabit speeds without the cost and complexity of extensive infrastructure work.
“The Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong and reliable connectivity for remote working, home schooling and the delivery of vital public services. We believe everyone should be able to benefit from lightning-fast access wherever they are and without having to wait for an age to arrive.”
WeLink typically brings a fibre connection close to a district and beams wireless fibre signals to a small percentage of ‘anchor’ homes and businesses nearby. These properties are connected, repeating the signal and creating blanket coverage across an area.
WeLink provides industry-leading, high-speed broadband access to homes and businesses at gigabit speeds, connecting the unconnected and expanding and improving access. Founded in 2018 by wireless veterans, WeLink is led by Kevin Ross, former co-founder of Vivint Wireless and Smartrove and Luke Langford, former co-founder of Vivint Wireless. For an overview of WeLink’s service, watch this video. In January 2021, WeLink announced a $185 million investment from Digital Alpha Advisors to expand to new markets across the United States.
About Peter Wilkinson:
Peter Wilkinson is an award-winning Yorkshire entrepreneur. In a career spanning four decades, he has founded a succession of profitable companies including Planet Online, Freeserve and Sports Internet Grouand is responsible for the creation of more than 5,000 UK jobs. He is CEO of Harrogate-based Intechnology plc, a group of innovative tech companies including Inhealthcare, a market leader in digital health and remote patient monitoring, and Mobile Tornado plc, a global specialist in instant communications for workforce management.