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£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband 0

£3m South Gloucestershire BT Deal Targets Universal Superfast Broadband

The South Gloucestershire Council in England, which is already working with Openreach ( BT ) to extend “ superfast broadband ” (24Mbps+) coverage to 97% of the region by December 2017, has signed a new £3m contract that will benefit a further 4,300 premises (3,800 via FTTP ). 1 2 3 The deal, which is supported by funding of £2m from the central Government’s Broadband Delivery UK 4 programme and £1m from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), aims to complete the extended roll-out in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018 and this should take local coverage of “ superfast broadband ” very close to universal levels (currently it’s already at around 95%). The deployment is expected to use a lot more of Openreach 5 ’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise ( FTTP 6 ) broadband technology than before, although the operator will also continue to roll-out their slower hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC 7 ) service in a number of areas. Work to provide the service will start later this year.

Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire. We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme. Once complete, thousands more homes and businesses in more rural areas are set to benefit from a service that would not have been available without the council’s continued efforts to bring about these improvements.” Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “The transformation of the digital landscape in South Gloucestershire to date has been tremendous, but there’s still more to be done.

I’m delighted that another 4,300 local homes and businesses are now going to benefit from a faster and more reliable broadband service, ensuring they can get the fast and reliable connectivity they need, both now and for the future.” Some of the communities set to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include several rural areas not previously covered by the existing roll-out and remaining communities from the previous two phases, including: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate.

Take note that the South Gloucestershire Broadband 8 project is separate from the joint Gloucestershire and Herefordshire ( Fastershire 9 ) scheme that covers the remaining areas.

Leave a Comment 0 Responses References ^ South Gloucestershire Council (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ Broadband Delivery UK (www.gov.uk) ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk) ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ FTTC (www.ispreview.co.uk) ^ South Gloucestershire Broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk) ^ Fastershire (www.fastershire.com)

Major superfast broadband investment in Leicestershire 0

Major superfast broadband investment in Leicestershire

An internet service provider (ISP) has made a “significant” investment in next generation broadband services in Leicestershire. WarwickNet has completed the build stage of 20 roadside cabinets across the county, which are set to bring high-speed internet connectivity solutions to firms on industrial estates and business parks where traditional broadband services are notoriously poor. Sites benefitting from the investment include Grove Park, Dodwells Bridge Industrial Estate, Whitwick Business Park, Beaumont Leys Industrial Estate, Barkby and Great central Industrial Estates, as well as Scudamore Road, Chartwell Drive, Duns Lane and Cobden Street, totalling almost 100 customers.

The move comes on the back of WarwickNet’s increased presence in Leicestershire, having recently helped international logistics firm RTW Global, based in Bardon Industrial Estate, replace its previous slow and unreliable service. Neil Mayhew, director at RTW Global Trade, said: “Our existing internet was inadequate for our needs, with a slow and unreliable connection. “The business, like many others, relies on emails, extensive browsing and commercial use and downloads. We identified WarwickNet as the only high-speed provider for this location and since making the switch now enjoy a much faster and more reliable service – in the process helping improve productivity.” WarwickNet provides download speeds from 40 Mbit/s up to 100 Mbit/s, dedicated gigabit leased lines, back-up services and hosted voiceover IP solutions.

WarwickNet founder Ben King said: “WarwickNet is proving its commitment to liberating Leicestershire businesses from poor internet connectivity with this dramatically improved presence across the county. “We recognised a number of firms across Leicestershire weren’t able to benefit from what the majority of us now take for granted – a fast and reliable internet service. “We have already helped transform productivity for a number of businesses in the county and we have major plans to build on this in the future.” Previous Article

The NBN: how a national infrastructure dream fell short 0

The NBN: how a national infrastructure dream fell short

Eight years into the Australian government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, the nation has an average internet speed 1 – 50th in the global rankings 2 – that lags well behind many advanced economy countries 3 . Ongoing secrecy around the NBN 4 , a project that’s likely to cost more than A$50 billion 5 , makes it impossible for the public in most cases to know when and what quality service they will receive. Further, new research shows the NBN rollout was politically motivated 6 and socioeconomically biased 7 from the beginning.

It is perhaps time to remind ourselves of the ups and downs of the project that was once announced as a dream national infrastructure project for the 21st century. This requires a ten-year journey back in time, before we can figure out what needs to be done next. The ups In November 2007, after 11 years of Coalition government, Labor was elected on a policy platform that promised a national broadband network 8 .

The NBN company was announced 9 in April 2009 to provide terrestrial fibre network coverage for 93% of Australian premises by the end of 2020. Fixed wireless and satellite coverage would serve the remaining 7%. Looking back, it’s hard to deny the influence the NBN has had on Australian politics.

Perhaps the peak influence was when three independent MPs cited the NBN as one of the key reasons 10 why they supported a Labor government over the Coalition when the 2010 federal election produced a hung parliament. The final 60 early NBN rollout locations 11 were then announced. The plan was for the first stage of the large-scale rollout to follow, connecting 3.5 million premises in 1,500 communities 12 by mid-2015.

The downs The early NBN rollout experienced significant delays. This attracted a great deal of “ overwhelmingly negative 13 ” media coverage. Public opinion polls reflected growing dissatisfaction with the national project.

This dissatisfaction and the September 2013 federal election result changed the fate of the NBN 14 . In 2013, the new Coalition government suspended the first stage of the large-scale fibre-to-premises NBN rollout to reassess the scale of the project. In 2014, the government announced 15 that the NBN rollout would change from a primarily fibre-to-premises model to a multi-technology-mix model.

The technology to be used would be determined on an area-by-area basis. This change of direction resulted in a prolonged state of uncertainty at the local government level 16 . As it was rolled out, the NBN was widely criticised for being slow, expensive and obsolete 17 .

Current state of play Delays continue 18 in the construction of the Coalition’s NBN. What can only be described as a downgrade of the original national project is now seriously over budget 19 . In September 2016, a joint standing committee 20 of parliament was established to inquire into the NBN rollout.

The inquiry is continuing. The bleak status quo only gets worse when the on-the-ground reality of the NBN rollout is considered. While fibre-to-premises rollout is supposed to be limited in the Coalition’s NBN, disturbing examples of misconduct in the NBN installations are highly concerning.

The image below shows one example of many in which heritage-listed buildings (in this case also public housing) are disrespected to the point that suggests an absolute lack of communication between NBN contractors, local government, or heritage agencies. One heritage-listed house with two NBN installations (Judge Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW). Author Who misses out?

In the Coalition’s NBN, the provision of universal high-speed capacity – as envisioned in the original NBN – has been transformed into a patchwork of final speeds and different quality of service 21 . This leads to an important question about equity. It also puts the 60 early rollout locations in the spotlight as these could potentially be the only ones across the nation that enjoy fibre-to-premises NBN.

My new research 22 points to the political motivations in the selection of these lucky 60 sites. Voting patterns in these locations were compared with all electorates in the federal elections from 2007 to 2013. The analysis shows the selections were skewed for potential political gain.

ALP-held seats were the main beneficiaries of the early NBN rollout; safe Coalition-held seats were the least likely to receive the infrastructure. Tony Windsor, one of the three influential independent MPs in 2010, famously said of the NBN: Do it once, do it right, and do it with fibre 23 . He secured priority access for his regional electorate to the early NBN. embedded content Tony Windsor: ‘Do it once, do it right and do it with fibre.’ However, most regional localities were not that lucky.

Indeed, research on the sociospatial distribution of the early NBN rollout 24 shows the limited share of regional Australia. What to do? It is convenient to blame one political party for the state of chaos that the NBN is in right now.

However, politicisation of the project has been part of the problem since day one. Instead, we call for telecommunication infrastructure to be considered for what it really is: the backbone of the fast-growing digital economy; the foundation for innovation in the age of smart cities and big data; and a key pillar of social equity and spatial justice. In reality, however, in the age of big data and open data, the lack of transparency 25 around the NBN is shocking.

In evidence to the parliamentary committee inquiry 26 in March 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission expressed concern about the lack of transparency on NBN performance. Policing the leaks of NBN data 27 is not going to clean up the mess. Quite the opposite: the Australian government needs to share the NBN data, so the exact nature and scale of the problems can be determined.

Only then can we talk about finding a way forward in this long journey.

References ^ average internet speed (www.smh.com.au) ^ 50th in the global rankings (www.akamai.com) ^ well behind many advanced economy countries (www.akamai.com) ^ secrecy around the NBN (www.pcauthority.com.au) ^ cost more than A$50 billion (theconversation.com) ^ politically motivated (www.sciencedirect.com) ^ socioeconomically biased (www.inderscienceonline.com) ^ promised a national broadband network (parlinfo.aph.gov.au) ^ NBN company was announced (ministers.treasury.gov.au) ^ one of the key reasons (www.abc.net.au) ^ early NBN rollout locations (www.nbnco.com.au) ^ 3.5 million premises in 1,500 communities (www.nbnco.com.au) ^ overwhelmingly negative (www.itnews.com.au) ^ changed the fate of the NBN (www.abc.net.au) ^ announced (www.minister.communications.gov.au) ^ at the local government level (www.tandfonline.com) ^ slow, expensive and obsolete (theconversation.com) ^ Delays continue (theconversation.com) ^ over budget (www.abc.net.au) ^ joint standing committee (www.aph.gov.au) ^ patchwork of final speeds and different quality of service (journals.sagepub.com) ^ new research (www.sciencedirect.com) ^ Do it once, do it right, and do it with fibre (www.computerworld.com.au) ^ sociospatial distribution of the early NBN rollout (www.inderscienceonline.com) ^ lack of transparency (www.aph.gov.au) ^ evidence to the parliamentary committee inquiry (www.aph.gov.au) ^ leaks of NBN data (www.theaustralian.com.au)