GigaAir is the only Gigabit Provider in Glasgow that provides Gigabit Broadband for residential and business customers both wirelessly and via fibre using its own infrastructure. The ISP gained new customers at a rapid pace and needed to expand its network in the Glasgow City Center and in the nearby town of Falkirk in order to meet the growing demand. That’s where Siklu entered the picture.
GigaAir owns and leases dark fibre but could not pull more fibre for these projects for various logistical and economic reasons. Therefore, GigaAir had to come up with a wireless solution and, due to City Centre locations being flooded by WiFi, the usual 5 and 6 GHz based systems for backhaul and end point services would be very “noisy” and unreliable.
GigaAir looked at other successful WISP operators in the UK and noted the benefits of interference-free millimetre wave-based networks in the 60 GHz and 80 GHz bands, which also offer abundant spectrum and bandwidth. To meet the anticipated demand, GigaAir determined it would need backhaul links and access links to customers with a total network capacity of 10 Gigabits.