Rural council goes wireless*

High speed wireless microwave proved to be the answer for Victoria’s Buloke Shire Council’s communication.

The need to drastically upgrade Buloke Shire Council’s wide area network (WAN), which carried data and voice from the Wycheproof Office to district offices in Birchip, Donald, Charlton and Sea Lake was identified by the Shire. The existing network was slow and at times unreliable. Wave1 was able to conduct line of sight surveys quickly and effectively to confirm viability of a completely Wireless WAN with higher speeds, reliability and best of all with considerable cost saving measures.

In its final configuration the microwave WAN backbone spans 189kms and comprises eight Wave1 MV400 11GHz microwave links delivering between 100 and 250Mbps of full duplex Ethernet capacity between Wycheproof and the district offices, far exceeding the stated minimum tender requirements. The entire backbone is monitored by Wave1’s LinkMon servers for real time performances. As well as this it analyses historical trends, to ensure Buloke Shire enjoys the best possible return on its technology investment.  

The project was completed as a three part process, which was the desire of the Shire. The final stage commissioned well under the original tender budget approved by the council. Since its implementation the microwave network has proven to deliver capacity and reliability far exceeding that of the original carrier network.

*Copy supplied by Wave1