Thursday 28 September 2006, 1730-1900
InfoLab21 Seminar Room B69
Broadband Technologies is September's Talking Technology event at InfoLab21. Professor Barry Forde and Dr Nicholas Race will talk about the exciting developments they are currently working on.
Professor Barry Forde is Deputy Director of the ISS department at Lancaster University. ISS plays a vital role in providing Internet connectivity and services to many organisations and academic institutions around the North West of England. They provide the infrastructure for CLEO, Cumbria Lancashire Education Online. Lancaster University is also the first University in the United Kingdom to hold a telecommunications license. As a result, ISS now have the ability to install equipment within BT telephone exchanges within the region, and control the local loop circuits out to homes and businesses known as Local Loop Unbundling (LLU).
Dr Nicholas Race leads the Network Research and Special Projects Unit at Lancaster University - his work includes the Wray Village project. Researchers at Lancaster were keen to discover how wireless technology performs in remote, rural environments so when they heard of the village's campaign to get on line they decided to offer wireless broadband to the village as a free service and use the network as a research test bed. Now the village has secured broadband coverage they have formed a new organisation, The Wray Community Communications Group - which is exploring ways of ensuring the technology is sustainable and rolling broadband coverage further out to farms and hamlets beyond the village.