Wireless ISP signs Commonwealth deal

Tackling the digital divide

A UK internet firm could be on the verge of installing hundreds of low-cost wireless broadband networks in the developing world after it signed a deal with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see Norfolk-based Newman Concepts working with the CBC - set up by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote trade and investment - to roll-out these networks in the developing world.

Negotiations are still ongoing, but it's understood the firm is close to signing its first deal which would see a wireless broadband network installed in an African country within the next few months.

For the last three years, Newman Concepts has been refining its technology by linking coastal villages in West Norfolk using a network of solar powered radio relays. ®

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