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The first official WiBACK-hotspot in South Tirol is located at the earth pyramids in Percha. | @Fraunhofer FOKUS

From the mountain tops to the deepest valley: Broadband internet for everybody

News from Oct. 18, 2013

The utilities provider Stadtwerke Bruneck in South Tirol (North of Italy) has deployed the wireless WiBACK-solution developed by Fraunhofer FOKUS to reliably provide a high-speed internet connection for companies and private households located in remote areas.

As an example Stadtwerke Bruneck and Fraunhofer FOKUS establish a solar panel based hotspot at an altitude of 1500 meters above sealevel. That particular hotspot is located at the earth pyramid in Platten (township of Percha) and offers a free broadband internet connection for tourists. The opening ceremony of the first official WiBACK-hotspot in South Tirol takes place at the 18th of October 2013.

Nowadays many people need an internet connection during both their job and their spare time. As soon as a certain region is lacking in a high-speed internet connection, companies need to move and young people leave behind where they grew up. Now Bruneck, a city in South Tirol, dealt with this issue by enabling a reliable high-speed internet connection for all private households and businesses in its area of service.

The utilities company Stadtwerke Bruneck was aiming for a solution which extends the current fiber optic cable network and which additionally provided the possibility of offering a high-speed internet connection to remote households and businesses. While considering different options the solution WiBACK provided by Fraunhofer FOKUS was chosen, as Florian Niederbacher staff member at the public utility company of Bruneck points out: “We have chosen the solution by Fraunhofer FOKUS, since it is the only one fulfilling all our requirements. WiBACK provides a very easy installation and maintenance associated with a high symmetric bandwidth and a short latency. Additionally we paid attention to the usage of MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), as it enables both bandwidth and a priority to VoIP which leads to an instantaneous transmission of voice data.” A test period of one year confirmed the choice of using WiBACK, which is now integrated into the whole network and going to be run in commercial operation for the first time.