DC12-297 October 23, 2012
Five more communities now benefiting from roll-out programme;
Buckinghamshire County Council welcomes new development BT announced today that faster broadband is now available to a further 18,000 homes and businesses in Buckinghamshire. Wing, Brill and Naphill are among the latest communities in the county to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
A full list can be found at the end of this release. The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT. The faster broadband is already available to around 300,000 Buckinghamshire premises and, by next Spring, 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the South East will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds.
The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*. Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: I am a strong champion of the need for High Speed Broadband across Buckinghamshire. I’m very pleased that today s announcement by BT is helping to deliver 21 Century Broadband (WBC) infrastructure across Buckinghamshire.
Everyone recognises the importance of faster broadband, not just for its contribution to the local rural economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, but for every aspect of modern life. In the current economic climate, such an investment in improving rural Broadband is to be greatly welcomed. But longer-term it s also essential that people and organisations take up this new technology and make the most of the new network.
John Weaver, BT s South East regional director, said: Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Buckinghamshire, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband. That s why BT is determined to bring faster speeds to as many homes and businesses as possible, and we are keen to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.
This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT s 2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT has already announced that fibre broadband will come to Woburn Sands next year and the service is already available in Iver. Locations included in today s announcement. . .
Wing Woburn Sands
Note to Editors
*Once an exchange area has been upgraded for next generation broadband, some service providers automatically upgrade their customers to the enhanced broadband service.
People should contact their chosen service provider for more information about the products and services they offer.
The government has restated its approach to ensuring the rollout of super-fast broadband in Wales in a response to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.
Following the committee’s Broadband Services in Wales report – which claimed the broadband rollout has fallen behind schedule – the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) stood by its original funding allocation.
“The Broadband Delivery UK gap funding model for Wales estimated the requirement to deliver 90 per cent super-fast broadband and 2Mb to remaining users to be 56.9 million,” it stated.
“This reflects the investment required to deliver broadband to remote, rural areas of Wales.”
The DCMS said plans to speed up the rollout of super-fast broadband will benefit the whole of the UK, including Wales.
The government is aiming to deliver 90 per cent super-fast broadband coverage in the UK by 2015, as part of plans to have the most advanced network in Europe.
Independence for Scotland could potentially mean higher broadband prices for many businesses and households, it has been suggested.
Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing at broadband provider Entanet, explained that rural Scotland’s rough terrain and sparsely distributed population make it difficult to supply affordable internet services.
Speaking to ISPreview.co.uk, he noted that more expensive technologies such as satellite broadband often have to be used as fixed-line services are not commercially viable.
“Our experience shows Scottish-based urban users tend to consume more bandwidth than English users and such services could be very costly,” Mr Farnden told the news provider.
He warned that English-based broadband providers may be inclined to increase the cost of supplying internet services in Scotland if the nation leaves the UK.
And this would, in all likelihood, push up the price of broadband for Scottish residents.
Mr Farnden said the hope for Scottish customers is that resellers based north of the border benefit from an opportunity to compete against their English counterparts.
But the situation is entirely theoretical – there are no guarantees that Scotland will gain independence, or that a rise in broadband prices will follow.