NextGen Challenge Awards Recognise Cambium Networks and allpay Broadband
27 September 2012 – Cambium Networks and Herefordshire-based allpay Broadband have been recognised by the NextGen Challenge Awards, for their commitment to delivering broadband to rural communities across the Diocese of Hereford using Church spires. Working collaboratively, the two companies have been named as a finalist for the ‘Rural leadership and community development’ category, after completing an innovative project that married the Medieval with the 21st century.
The project involved the creation of an unlikely but unique and pioneering partnership with the Diocese of Hereford, and saw the initiation of an innovative Common Licence scheme, that would enable antennae hardware to be fitted onto church towers across the entire region. With the support of the Chancellor of the Diocese and a forward-thinking approach, the Licence, which was launched in January 2011, created a streamlined planning and application process for every church in the area.
“Both residents and business owners across Herefordshire can now access a super-fast, highly reliable internet service that connects them to the rest of the world and has the potential to improve innovations and the environment, help businesses and even enhance social cohesions. When a community comes together like this, it shows what can be achieved if you have the desire to make it happen and the right technology. Cambium Networks Point to Multi Point technologies are being used to deliver super-fast broadband in and around Hereford today,” comments Graham Bolton, Regional Sales Manager at Cambium Networks.
This was the first ever installation of its kind in the UK and has provided access to over 400 churches and thousands of residents throughout the Diocese of Hereford. Since the launch, over 100 churches in Herefordshire have already registered their interest in the solution and currently there are already 17 access points covering 13 villages.
Entrepreneur, and owner of allpay Limited, Tony Killeen, comments:
“When allpay recognised the desperation from businesses and individuals across the County to access fast and reliable internet, we knew it was going to be a challenge. Our partnership with the Diocese of Hereford is very much an example of the Big Society in action, with two local organisations coming together to help tackle a problem facing thousands of people living in our local communities.”
He continued: “The use of Cambium’s technology has been crucial to allpay Broadband’s progress and development. It has meant we’ve been able to tackle the problem face on and roll out our wireless service to areas that other broadband providers have not been able to reach and bring Herefordshire back up to speed.”
The NextGen Challenge is the UK’s annual competition for broadband network innovation and was open to all project and community leaders and suppliers who were able to demonstrate the best in next generation digital infrastructure. The awards evening will take place during the NextGen12 conference at the House of Commons Member’s Dining Room, London on 8 October 2012.
allpay Limited is the UK’s leading payments specialist.
Established in 1996, its core business concentrates on providing bill payment services – primarily to the public sector – and handles £4 billion a year, across 47 million transactions.
The company’s aim is to work with each of its clients to save them money through creating modern payment systems that are both cost effective and very convenient for the end consumer.
The company has grown to now comprise a total of eight businesses:
· Bill Payments – facilitating the collection and receipt of revenues
· Prepaid Cards – for the paying out of benefits and allowances
· Cashless – a revolutionary new cashless payment system
· Card Manufacturing and Bureau facilities – securely producing and distributing secure credit, debit and prepaid cards
· Print and Design – fast, accurate and cost effective solutions
· 24publishing – bringing publishing news to the housing and local government sectors via 24dash.com, 24housing magazine and 24 Jobs
· Broadband – taking fast and reliable wireless access to rural communities
· Legal Services – providing expert advice and assistance in all areas of law.
allpay meets high standards of quality and security, achieving PCI DSS compliance, a comprehensive range of ISO certifications, plus MasterCard and Visa© accreditations. ISO accreditation relates to the audit of our registered company address.
allpay is committed to managing its growth responsibly so it can continue to make a positive contribution to the community and to the environment, as well the workplace.
About Cambium Networks
Cambium Networks, formerly part of Motorola Solutions, provides world-class wireless broadband and microwave solutions for Service Providers, enterprise customers, military, government, and municipal networks around the world. It currently has more than 3.5 million products deployed in thousands of networks in over 150 countries, with its innovative technologies providing reliable, secure, cost-effective connectivity that’s easy to deploy and proven to deliver outstanding metrics. Cambium’s ecosystem of partners, development engineers, and support teams work together to design and deliver innovative, forward-looking solutions that provide data, voice and video connectivity when and where it’s needed. For more information, visit