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Cairngorm Mountain gets high speed wireless connection

  One of the country’s leading wireless technology experts, Rapier Systems, has just completed the installation of a secure, high speed wireless communications link from Aviemore to the Visitor Centre on Cairngorm Mountain, a distance of over seven miles.

At 130Mbps the wireless link to the mountain far exceeds the 10Mbps broadband cable feed into Aviemore, and is immune to the extremes of weather that are common on the mountain.

The next phase, already underway, will see local businesses in and around the Cairngorms connected to the high speed network; currently these businesses have very poor Internet connectivity.

In the final phase Rapier will add public and corporate WiFi for all buildings at the ski resort (including those at the top and bottom of the funicular railway) and ‘hot spots’ in and around the ski lift areas.

Paul Nixon, Customer Services Manager at Cairngorm Mountain Ltd., the company responsible for management of the resort, commented, “This increase in access and capacity is a major boost for the Cairngorms, both for visitors and local businesses alike. Rapier has delivered everything on time and in budget and we are delighted with the result.”

Based in central Scotland, Rapier is a value added integrator of best - in - class wireless products; the company has designed and delivered some of the most innovative wireless solutions in the UK, including the largest metropolitan area wireless network in Scotland and one of the most extensive, countywide wireless networks in England.

Starting in early October senior staff from the company will be conducting a series of seminars across Scotland; featuring best of breed products from the world’s leading wireless systems vendors; details are available on the company’s Web Site.

Richard Watson, Managing Director at Rapier, commented; “This project demonstrates perfectly the advantages that a wireless solution enjoys over traditional, fixed line networks; in an environment like the Cairngorms it would be highly impractical and significantly more expensive to achieve the same result with fixed lines.”

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