Backhaul for rural broadband services

The feasibility of deploying adaptive fixed links in the 1800 MHz band to provide backhaul links in rural areas for the UK was examined for this study.  Issues considered included regulatory constraints, cost savings, equipment development, bandwidth requirements, achievable link lengths, in-band interference, cross border coordination and harmonisation opportunities.

An example scenario was considered where there were 6 base sites deployed to provide coverage to rural locations connected back to a point of presence in the nearest larger village of Aberfeldy as shown in the map below:

Rural broadband scenario