Free BFBS WiFi at the COB for Christmas

#1
BFBS WiFi at the COB will be free from 12:00noon Iraq local time tomorrow, 21st December, until 12:00 on the 3rd January.
The WiFi zone covers the New Welfare Village and about 1100 adjacent bedspaces.

There'll also be a quick link to send messages into the live BFBS TV Christmas messages show on Sunday 23rd, to send on-air Christmas greetings back to Germany or the UK (the show will be streamed live on the web so can be seen in the UK) or anywhere in the Forces world. It's at 1545 GMT, 1845 Iraq local.

(Any time balances that users have will be carried over - no one will lose prepaid time.)

:santa: Happy Christmas!

BFBS
 
#11
BFBS said:
Cheers, S_D, shame we haven't been able to get our WiFi into Afghanistan yet, or we'd do the same there.
Stop wasting time and chop chop with the wireless over in afghan, we're waiting.

Also, apprently the wifi that we have to pay for runs out within a week, reguardless if we have used the time or not.
 
#12
Nightrained said:
BFBS said:
Cheers, S_D, shame we haven't been able to get our WiFi into Afghanistan yet, or we'd do the same there.
Stop wasting time and chop chop with the wireless over in afghan, we're waiting.

Also, apprently the wifi that we have to pay for runs out within a week, reguardless if we have used the time or not.
We're still trying to get our Radio Station into Bastion and up and running! But we're in a bit of a hurry up and wait scenario... Once we're in, we can start on the WiFi.
 
#13
goon_bde said:
sorry, my bad....how much does it cost to run the whole wifi network per 24hr period
Difficult to say exactly. Satellite bandwidth, manpower and kit to install, etc. Difficult to know how to price it when you start out as you don't know how much usage it will get. Our techy people did various bits of modelling based on various guesstimates.... We can always amend the price if it's too high/low to help recoup costs.

I'm sure we'll aim to make it free again next Christmas. And hopefully we'll have it in Afghanistan then, too.
 
#14
Wifi is availible in bastion (at the EFI), however you have to pay for it. Why do you not just make it free for 2 weeks?

Also, there is BFBS Radio in Bastion.

*confused*
 
#15
BFBS said:
goon_bde said:
sorry, my bad....how much does it cost to run the whole wifi network per 24hr period
Difficult to say exactly. Satellite bandwidth, manpower and kit to install, etc. Difficult to know how to price it when you start out as you don't know how much usage it will get. Our techy people did various bits of modelling based on various guesstimates.... We can always amend the price if it's too high/low to help recoup costs.

I'm sure we'll aim to make it free again next Christmas. And hopefully we'll have it in Afghanistan then, too.
ok...so what is the status of BFBS the organisation? is it a private company, agency, charity, govt dept etc?

ta
 
#16
Nightrained said:
Wifi is availible in bastion (at the EFI), however you have to pay for it. Why do you not just make it free for 2 weeks?

Also, there is BFBS Radio in Bastion.

*confused*
It's not our WiFi in Bastion, I think it's a Naafi/Paradigm collaboration. You get BFBS Radio in Bastion, but from the Radio Station at the COB. We plan to put a Radio Station into Bastion, so it's more, live, local and relevant with people on the gound, eating in the same cookhouse, etc.

BFBS
 
#17
goon_bde said:
BFBS said:
goon_bde said:
sorry, my bad....how much does it cost to run the whole wifi network per 24hr period
Difficult to say exactly. Satellite bandwidth, manpower and kit to install, etc. Difficult to know how to price it when you start out as you don't know how much usage it will get. Our techy people did various bits of modelling based on various guesstimates.... We can always amend the price if it's too high/low to help recoup costs.

I'm sure we'll aim to make it free again next Christmas. And hopefully we'll have it in Afghanistan then, too.
ok...so what is the status of BFBS the organisation? is it a private company, agency, charity, govt dept etc?

BFBS is part of SSVC, a charity.

ta
 
#19
With regard to the WI-FI Service in BASRA, it's a good thing, but IMHO it should be FREE, And part of the Operational Welfare Package.

At the moment i'm paying 10 Dollars for an hour at the Naafi, and even then the connection is slow and poor. With the user spending more time trying to log back on than actually getting on with the busines of talking to loved ones back home. :roll:
 

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