Media Force delivers superfast broadband to RAF Wittering

Communications partners TriComms and Media Force UK are flying high with the launch of superfast fibre optic Wi-Fi and fixed line broadband at RAF Wittering.

Recognising the importance of high quality broadband service the installation was partly funded by The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). Service personnel and visitors will get access to superfast broadband backed by 24/7 support.

Meri Braziel, Chief Executive at Keycom, said: “This is a major installation involving 200 Wireless Access Points, 14 kilometres of data cable and five kilometres of fibre optics to link all accommodation and community buildings to superfast broadband services.

“It will mean that thousands of people can now access fast and reliable internet and enjoy unlimited downloads without the need for lengthy contracts or costly line rental services.

“RAFA’s involvement demonstrates the benefits that good communications can bring to service personnel who are often far from home and rely on high quality broadband and Wi-Fi to keep in touch with their family.”

The installations means that RAF Wittering personnel can now enjoy internet speeds comparable to those living in major UK cities.

David Prowse, Director of Membership & Operations at RAFA, said “We react to the needs of those serving and being able to communicate via the internet which is very important to them. By supporting free Wi-Fi in communal areas such as station coffee shops and junior ranks messes, the RAF family, as well as contractors, can keep in touch.”

RAF Wittering Station Commander, Group Captain Damian Alexander, recognises the importance of fast broadband to the quality of life of serving personnel. He said: “Easy access to fast broadband is something most of us take for granted, but multi-stakeholder projects like this aren’t easy to realise.”

TriComms and Media Force work in the UK armed forces sector, providing Wi-Fi and fixed line services to military personnel, visitors and other companies, operating on more than 50 Ministry of Defence sites in the UK including the prestigious Joint HQ at Northwood.

TriComms and Media Force are part of Keycom plc, a specialist superfast broadband and IT provider with offices at Stafford and Wrexham.

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Notes to Editors

Keycom is a provider of high speed (up to 1 Gbps), tailored broadband solutions to organisations across the UK. From offices in Stafford and Wrexham, Keycom works across a wide range of business sectors. These include housing associations, the NHS, universities and the armed forces.

Further information is available online at www.keycom.co.uk