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News archive: The B4RN Open Day – A Summary

February 22nd, 2013
Author: Chris Conder
Posted In: Archive News

The last seven days has been a very hectic time for B4RN follwing the Open Day at Arkholme. The day went beyond expectations with extensive media coverage on the day with further global media coverage over the following days. We also had many people come through the doors at Arkholme so see what B4RN was all about. Here are some highlights:-

  • Extensive coverage by the BBC by Rory Cellan-Jones featuring a recorded segment and several live reports on BBC Breakfast, BBC News at One, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4.
  • Additional radio interviews on BBC Radio Lancashire.
  • Well over 400 people passed through the doors at Arkholme Village Hall.
  • Over 1000 cups of tea were consumed
  • The B4RN web site recieved over 41,000 visits on the 14th February.
  • The companies demonstrating the kit, laptop, tablets, YouView and IP TVs were extremely impressed with the network performance. There were six devices streaming video all day, and at the same time an average of 150 people through the day had devices connected and they reported not one glitch or buffer on the streams. The network had to be turned off at one point whilst more repeaters were put in the hall to cope with the numbers. The hall only has a normal home connection and not many homes need to support over 500 IP addresses!
  • Reports have cropped up around the globe in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and others.
  • Interest in the community has increased significantly following the Open Day.
  • The B4RN Facebook page has been very active over the past week as people continue to be connected and customers express their delight with the new service.
  • Extensive discussion on the Reddit forum.
  • Behind the scenes of bbc breakfast and speedtest

Quite a week really. Some of the reports are below in case you missed any. Many thanks to all who contributed to the Open Day making it a huge success.

BBC Report

ITV Report

BBC Radio Lancashire Report

Gavin And Belinda Second Nature Smallban

Stories from out in the field from our very happy customers

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