Minster aerials provide better wi-fi to villages

Ian Stewart, secretary to the Howden with Barmby on the Marsh PCC, with Michelle Brumfield from Quickline.
Ian Stewart, secretary to the Howden with Barmby on the Marsh PCC, with Michelle Brumfield from Quickline.

Some villages between Holme on Spalding Moor and Howden could benefit from the installation of broadband wi-fi aerials on Howden Minster.

Deployment of the aerials on the Grade I listed building will help improve broadband speeds to villages within a ten mile radius, offering connection speeds of up to 30Mbps.

The wireless internet service provider Quickline Communications is behind the new development. As part of the planning process for the careful installation of the aerials on the Grade 1 listed Howden Minster, the Diocese of York’s Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches considered a statement of needs in the area.

It showed that the new equipment will enable more than two hundred and fifty properties in nearby villages to gain access to superfast broadband.

These include Newsholme, Brind, Foggathorpe and Kilpin, as well as Knedlington, the largest village in this area, where currently half of the properties have access to fibre broadband, but the other half don’t as demand is too high on the cabinet.

Hayley Silvester from Quickline Communications said: “As part of the ongoing partnership between Howden Minster and Quickline, we will be sponsoring a number of the events throughout the year, as well as providing wi-fi connectivity within the Minster for use by parishioners before and after services and other social activities.

“Our technology is wireless and this gives us the ability to reach many rural areas that are not commercially viable for traditional telecoms.”