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G.fast edging closer to being just another broadband product 0

G.fast edging closer to being just another broadband product

Openreach is at the beginning of a journey to 12 million premises with ultrafast broadband available to them, 10 million via G.fast pods and another 2 million with full fibre (FTTP, 1 million are likely to be business premises). G.fast has had it seems lots of trials and pilots but the scale is starting to ramp up and in a series of press releases BT Group and Openreach 1 has given some rough details for where G.fast will be appearing next. So for example we are expecting to see G.fast appear in parts of Sighthill, Gorgie, Corstorphine, Murrayfield, Fountainbridge, Craiglockhart, the Meadows and Morningside in Edinburgh and parts of Linn and Rutherglen in Glasgow with that giving Scotland some 16,900 premises of coverage.

The various pilot areas are already said to cover some 100,000 premises. The 20 main pilot locations across the UK are: Bolton,      Greater Manchester Cherry      Hinton, Cambridgeshire Cheltenham,      Gloucestershire Derby,      Derbyshire Donaldson,      Edinburgh Gillingham,      Kent Huntingdon,      Cambridgeshire Langside,      Glasgow Luton,      Bedfordshire Newbury,      Berkshire Newcastle      upon Tyne Newmarket,      Suffolk Rusholme,      Manchester St.      Austell, Cornwall South      Clapham, Balham and Upton Park, London Swansea,      Wales Swindon,      Wiltshire Sheffield,      South Yorkshire G.fast is designed to allow those within a few hundred metres of their cabinet to get ultrafast speeds between 100 Mbps and 500 Mbps and initially two product speeds are likely to be sold up to 160 Mbps and up to 330 Mbps. Indicative wholesale pricing is available, but with the impact a user can have on peak bandwidth ulitisation we may see retail pricing that is somewhat different once the service fully launches.

We have been seeing people testing with G.fast and generally it does seem to do what it says on the tin and we may be able to share some average speeds for G.fast in a month or two. We know of 25 cabinets where G.fast is currently available and these are (NOTE: some cabinets may not offer full coverage due to different delivery methods from early trials or distance from cabinet): Cambridge Central cabinets 24, 37, 38, 50, 59 and 88 Cherry Hinton cabinets 36,38,39 and 42 Cambridge Science Park cabinets 21 and 22 Huntingdon cabinet 61 Edinburgh Donaldson cabinet 13 Gillingham cabinets 9 and 19 Hoo cabinets 2 and 3 Medway cabinet 37 Strood cabinet 28 Gosforth cabinet 42 Luton cabinet 91 Swansea Central cabinet 64 St Austell cabinets 5 and 11 Our checkers know about G.fast with it mentioned explicitly on our speeds and coverage site 2 but on the main site checker 3 as the products are not live, i.e. nothing to appear in listings it only shows up as faster speeds than would normally be expected from FTTC.

Our cabinet list is not definitive as our core focus is on tracking the superfast roll-outs, so if your is missing please do run a speed test from your G.fast connection 4 or drop us a message to tell us your cabinet has one of the new pods attached. Openreach is often criticised for rolling out G.fast since those who can get it already have VDSL2 at reasonable speeds already available, but with Ofcom planning to slash the revenue that is generated from VDSL2 (specifically the 40/10 product) this is forcing the hand of Openreach i.e. to make money and lever the benefits from the fibre and power that was installed for VDSL2 the faster G.fast services are needed may help to keep the return on investment on track. The 2 million FTTP premises in the ultrafast roll-outs are a slightly different matter as we can see many exchange only lines in city centres where FTTP is now planned, but as with Virgin Media and CityFibre roll-outs we are waiting for the complaints about roadworks, since while Openreach has duct access in many locations, pavement chambers may need expanding or blockages need clearing.

In terms of market competition the speeds will take Openreach and its customers head to head with Virgin Media, but once DOCSIS 3.1 is properly launched they should be able to easily offer even higher speeds, the big question mark is what will the relative performance of the two competing platforms be. The congestion and other issues at Virgin Media is already causing those where performance is important e.g. gamers and twitch broadcasters to switch to services that have lower headline speeds but are much more consistent in terms of latency and the actual speed they get at peak times.

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Patchy broadband speeds in Burton and South Derbyshire could affect virtual court hearings 0

Patchy broadband speeds in Burton and South Derbyshire could affect virtual court hearings

Plans to hold virtual court hearings could be scuppered by the patchy broadband speed in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire, ministers have been warned. Many rural communities will be unable to use the new online innovations because their internet is so slow, Labour’s Madeleine Moon said. Burton has been hit particularly hard since the closure of its magistrates’ court last September, with defendants, victims and witnesses being forced to travel to Derby or Cannock to hear the outcome of their cases.

The warning comes as a string of reforms – including powers to deal with rail and tram fare dodgers in online courts and for rape victims to pre-record their cross-examination evidence – contained in the Prisons and Courts Bill are debated by MPs in the Commons. Labour MP Madeleine Moon, who represents Bridgend, said: “All this transfer (to) online communication is wonderful if only you have the ability to get quality broadband. “So, in parts of my constituency, communities are getting broadband as slow as 25 per cent of capability. How on earth are people going to be able to access justice when they cannot possibly do anything online because of poor broadband?” Broadband could prove a problem for people wanting to plead online (Getty Images) Rural areas of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire also still struggle to receive high speed broadband.

Justice Secretary Liz Truss said those who want to take the trip to a physical court will still be able to. She said: “We are doing a lot to improve broadband across the country. The online system is not mandatory, the paper process will be available. “But I have been looking recently at virtual hearings that are taking place across the country, and in some areas of the country, like the South West of England, there is very high take-up of these hearings because it does help people in rural areas who do have long distances to travel to get to court to be able to use broadband. “The West Country is leading the way at the moment, but what we are looking at is how can we encourage courts across the country to do the same thing.” READ MORE: A man caught driving dangerously in a van in Overseal is latest to appear in court 1 2 Conservative MP and former attorney general Dominic Grieve raised concerns that moves to allow witnesses to pre-record their evidence could undermine the ability of lawyers to change their questions according to what emerges in court, and therefore undermine a fair trial.

Mr Grieve, representing Beaconsfield, said: “I support the thrust of the intention behind this, in the case of victims, of course, normally victims are the first witness for the prosecution. “But where you are dealing with witnesses, is there not a risk and how are we going to factor in the possibility that the question which you may wish to ask the witness is changed by the evidence that precedes the witness giving that evidence? And we are going to have to have a system in place to deal with that if a fair trial process is going to be maintained?” Ms Truss stressed that “a fair trial is at the heart of our justice system”. She added: “We already have rules committees, we are establishing a new online rules committee as well.

That will be managed by the judiciary and they will be looking at these issues in detail to make sure that a fair trial is always paramount in these cases.” READ MORE: Decision to close Burton Magistrates’ Court described as a ‘betrayal’ of the town 3 4 Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said new technology in courts could raise new barriers to accessing justice. He said: “As the chair of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, has warned, the fact that online courts – in his words – might encourage defendants to plead guilty out of convenience, when in fact they may not be guilty of an offence, no matter how small, risks injustice. “We have to be mindful of that.” Mr Burgon also cited Law Society warnings about poor access to legal advice as a result of the technology. Making pleas online The Ministry of Justice conducted a trial after speaking to defendants who had turned up to court, ushers, legal advisers and magistrates.

And by observing court hearings and looking at the type of paperwork being sent out to defendants it was possible to build a picture of why people were turning up to court.

The discovery phase found that people were confused by all the paperwork they’d been sent and were having to turn up in court just so someone could tell them what to do.

So, through research and user feedback, a new form was developed explaining that defendants could make a plea online, see their plea sent to the court (and receive email confirmation) and then wait for the court to inform them of the result and what to do next. *Read more of today’s top news stories here. 5 Follow the Burton Mail on Facebook and Twitter 7 6 References ^ READ MORE: (www.burtonmail.co.uk) ^ A man caught driving dangerously in a van in Overseal is latest to appear in court (www.burtonmail.co.uk) ^ READ MORE: (www.burtonmail.co.uk) ^ Decision to close Burton Magistrates’ Court described as a ‘betrayal’ of the town (www.burtonmail.co.uk) ^ *Read more of today’s top news stories here. (www.burtonmail.co.uk) ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com) ^ Twitter (twitter.com)

400 jobs hope as Origin gets £3m 0

400 jobs hope as Origin gets £3m

Origin Broadband is aiming to create 400 jobs after a £3million investment by a private equity company. The Doncaster company hopes to grow from 100 to 500 people in the next 18 months after Calculus Capital bought an undisclosed percentage of the firm. Origin is currently advertising up to 40 vacancies, according to boss Oliver Bryssau.

The firm signed 4,500 residential customers in December alone – it’s best ever month. It also has thousands of business customers and a national presence, he added. Turnover is set to hit £18m in May, up from £3.5m at the same time last year.

Mr Bryssau said: “We look forward to benefiting from the scale-up expertise and experience of the Calculus team as we move into an exciting new phase in our continuing growth.” Origin, which has its own infrastructure inside Openreach telephone exchanges, has the sixth largest broadband network in the UK, by one measure. The investment comes after three funding rounds worth more than £1m by Finance Yorkshire. Richard Moore, investment director, Calculus Capital, said: “Origin places a very high value on customer service, has its own network and is an agile alternative to the unwieldy corporate giants.” John Glencross, chief executive of Calculus, said: “The continuing migration of UK households to superfast broadband is driving revenue growth, with Ofcom figures showing revenues from domestic customers up 18.5 per cent year-on-year to £4.9 billion in 2014.

More and more businesses are moving to the cloud.”