Producing live television from Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands could present a challenge for most internet service providers, but not Highland Wireless. By providing a dedicated wireless connection with 80Mbps download and 80mbps upload, the BBC on-site production van can upload videos and have live communications/audio with the production centre for the live shows. This is a custom solution to allow the BBC to have the speed and reliable bandwidth required for uploading large quantities of video footage.
Projects like this demonstrate Highland Wireless’s agility and creativity within the rural landscape. A BBC video clip introducing Springwatch 2021 said: “After a year of lockdowns spring presents a glimmer of hope. As the seasons change, the natural world explodes into life. From incredible courtship displays to the emergence of new life. Springwatch 2021 will showcase the best of British wildlife.” Highland Wireless are passionate about working to close the digital divide – ensuring rural communities are not left behind the cities when it comes to broadband.
“Lockdown has demonstrated the universal need for a superfast broadband connection whether you are in the middle of a city or on a beautiful Highland estate like, Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Highland Wireless are committed to a solution-focussed approach to keep our rural economies thriving. We are delighted to provide the superfast connection for the BBC and look forward to watching the show.” Cameron Warren, Highland Wireless
Springwatch runs from 25 May to 11 June with presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams. Episodes will air on BBC Two at 8pm from Tuesdays to Fridays.