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Superfast broadband: Thousands more homes and businesses to benefit

A ?28million deal to continue the roll out of superfast broadband means 98 per cent of people in Coventry,1 Warwickshire and Solihull will have access to it. The CSW Broadband partnership will take ultrafast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses in some of the region’s most remote locations.

The investment is being made possible thanks to different funding sources, including local authorities, the Government, BT and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). CSW Broadband is responsible for the roll-out with BT as its co-funding network partner.

Superfast Broadband: Thousands More Homes And Businesses To Benefit

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More details about the first locations to benefit will be announced early next month. The latest roll-out is part of an ongoing CSW Broadband programme and will be delivered by Openreach.

It will use a mixture of technologies, including fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology, capable of delivering download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and upload speeds of up to 220Mbps. The new investment will enable nearly 15,500 more premises in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to access superfast fibre broadband, with the majority of them – almost 90 per cent – able to get ultrafast speeds. The CSW Broadband programme is spearheaded by Warwickshire County Council and BT, and part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

The latest phase of the roll-out includes around ?2million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with additional funding from Coventry City Council, Solihull Council, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire District and Borough Councils, as well as BT. Engineers from Openreach will begin work on this phase next spring. The roll-out is expected to reach the first premises in around 12 months’ time, with all the upgrades due to be completed by the end of 2019. It builds on the first two phases of the CSW Broadband programme.

Cllr Peter Butlin, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council,2 said: “This announcement is great news.

When the CSW Broadband project started, just over 73 per cent of premises in Warwickshire could achieve speeds of 24Mbps or above.

“We’re looking forward to more than 98 per cent being able to achieve what would at one time have been unthinkable speeds of over 30Mbps.”

“Steve Haines, managing director of next generation access for Openreach, said: “This major investment is a vital new chapter in the story which began nearly three-and-a-half years ago, when the partnership began connecting its first premises in Snitterfield.

“CSW Broadband is already a huge success and now we’re set to go even further as it reaches into some of the region’s most remote areas.

“The roll-out of high-speed broadband across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull has transformed the way people get online which is why we’re committed to making this exciting technology as widely available as possible.”

Because the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach, households and businesses have a choice of fibre broadband providers.

Upgrades do not happen automatically and people who want to benefit need to place an order with their chosen fibre broadband provider.

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References

  1. ^ Coventry, (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ Warwickshire County Council, (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
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August update on state of broadband coverage across the UK and regions

August update on state of broadband coverage across the UK and regions

Another month has flown by and that means its time to look at the changes in broadband coverage across the UK and see how much of an impact all the work is having compared to the number of press releases that are issued. The same number of regions are included in the data this month, but we have now included the number of premises in each region and the breakdown for the various speed points too, thus making it easier to get an idea of what sort of change each 0.1% in the overall figure actually means.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage1 across the UK, its nations and regions for premises
In descending order of superfast coverage – figures 6th August 2017
(change since 7th July 2017) Area % fibre based
VDSL2 or
FTTP or
Cable % superfast
24 Mbps or faster % superfast
30 Mbps or faster % Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under proposed 10 Mbps USO North East 97.7% 96.3% (+0.1) 96% 52.8% (+0.1) 0.06% 0.2% 1.3% 927,552 Premises 905,759 893,634 890,447 877,939 600 2,169 12,094 London 97.2% 96.1% (+0.2) 95.9% 71.1% (+0.1) 1.90% 0.1% 0.8% 4,397,679 Premises 4,272,897 4,224,452 4,215,213 3,124,889 83,368 6,563 36,791 East Midlands 98.2% 95.9% (+0.1) 95.4% 58.7% (+0.1) 0.14% 0.5% 1.9% 1,101,327 Premises 1,081,586 1,055,946 1,051,212 645,955 1,498 5,613 20,570 South East 98.1% 95.7% (+0.1) 95.2% 52.4% (=) 1.22% 0.3% 1.6% 2,154,786 Premises 2,113,165 2,063,073 2,052,302 1,129,449 26,216 7,237 34,850 West Midlands 97.7% 95.4% (+0.1) 95% 64.4% (+0.1) 0.28% 0.4% 1.9% 2,767,345 Premises 2,702,906 2,641,404 2,628,726 1,781,983 7,854 11,345 52,155 North West 97.6% 94.8% (+0.1) 94.3% 48.5% (+0.1) 0.99% 0.7% 2.6% 3,895,746 Premises 3,801,455 3,692,854 3,672,825 1,887,588 38,714 28,239 100,225 England 96.7% 94.1% (+0.2) 93.6% 55.7% (=) 1.76% 0.6% 2.5% 23,891,665 Premises 23,105,672 22,472,665 22,350,644 13,313,043 420,025 135,215 602,189 United Kingdom 96.5% 93.4% (+0.2) 92.8% 52.8% (=) 1.61% 0.8% 3.1% 28,515,090 Premises 27,522,375 26,619,513 26,452,838 15,057,164 458,814 229,100 888,860 Rest Of Scotland 95.5% 92.5% (+0.5) 91.8% 47% (+0.1) 0.12% 1% 4% 2,338,003 Premises 2,231,953 2,161,972 2,147,373 1,098,494 2,833 23,718 92,540 East of England 95.8% 92.3% (+0.3) 91.6% 51.6% (=) 0.59% 0.7% 3.5% 2,602,529 Premises 2,492,069 2,401,162 2,384,473 1,342,575 15,241 19,153 90,202 Wales 95.5% 91.5% (+0.2) 90.5% 32.2% (+0.1) 2.48% (+0.14) 0.9% 4.9% 1,321,385 Premises 1,262,556 1,208,819 1,195,809 426,027 32,715 12,351 64,937 Yorkshire and Humber 93.9% 91.5% (+0.3) 91% 53.1% (+0.1) 5.1% (includes KCom Lightstream) 0.6% 3.9% 2,557,428 Premises 2,401,146 2,339,403 2,327,882 1,357,200 130,305 16,172 100,606 Scotland 94.7% 90.8% (+0.5) 90% 42.7% (+1.9) 0.11% 1.4% 5.3% 2,575,926 Premises 2,440,157 2,338,504 2,318,638 1,100,508 2,848 34,913 137,145 South West 95.6% 90.6% (+0.1) 89.7% 44.6% (+0.1) 3.33% 1.1% 4.4% 3,487,273 Premises 3,334,689 3,160,737 3,127,564 1,553,749 116,229 38,724 154,696 Northern Ireland 98.3% 82.6% (+0.4) 80.9% 30% (=) 0.44% 6.4% 11.6% 726,114 Premises 713,990 599,525 587,747 217,586 3,226 46,621 84,589 Highlands and Islands (HIE) 87.2% 73.4% (+0.8) 71.1% 0.08% (=) 0.08% 4.9% 19.6% 226,458 Premises 197,578 166,175 161,009 173 173 11,168 44,368

A week ago we were quoting 904,000 premises as needing work under the proposed Universal Service Obligation and that has now dropped to 888,860 premises as a result of the roll-outs and this reflects the importance when costing solutions or studying proposals to implement the USO that the impact of the continuing roll-outs of superfast broadband is considered. These figures do not include the contribution that fixed wireless is making to the superfast coverage levels from AirBand in Devon or UK Broadband in Swindon yet, they are on the to-do list to be integrated into the coverage analysis.

Scotland has crossed a milestone this month as it has reached the coveage level of 90.01% for premises (and for those not aware premises comprises homes + businesses) at the 30 Mbps and faster level and it will be interesting to see how long current pace of roll-out can be maintained.

Northern Ireland also appears to have woken up from a relative slumber with more cabinets, infill cabinets and little bits of native GEA-FTTP appearing.

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References

  1. ^ Council, Constituency and postcode broadband availability checker (labs.thinkbroadband.com)
  2. ^ Login (www.thinkbroadband.com)
  3. ^ Register (www.thinkbroadband.com)

Worcester broadband firm Airband is shortlisted for industry awards

WORCESTER-based wireless broadband specialist, Airband was shortlisted for the highly regarded Internet Service Providers Association 2017 awards. The awards follow the shake-up of the broadband industry by Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report in December 2016, which slammed major suppliers including BT. Since then Airband, along with other smaller independent suppliers, has been steadily building up its presence with a string of key projects across rural Devon, the South West and Wales.

Airband specialises in delivering better broadband connections for hard-to-reach and rural areas and bridging the gap between the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. The firm’s work on a ?4.6m scheme in Dartmoor and Exmoor national park and a series of ?multi-million schemes across the South West earmarked its place as a finalist in the awards. Airband recently won the tender for the Superfast Cymru Infill Project contract from the Welsh government to supply business premises in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea.

Initially, the firm is contracted to provide high speed broadband to 2,000 businesses as part of an estimated ?19m expansion to the original Superfast Cymru scheme.

“Poor broadband and low speed problems are just as real for many out-of-town industrial parks, as they are for rural farms and businesses,” said Airband founder and director Redmond Peel.

“In these areas, traditional fibre broadband deals are often slower and more restrictive – but it’s possible to bypass the fibre system and end up with some of the UK’s fastest broadband speeds,” he said.