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Worcester firm wins £11m rural broadband contract 0

Worcester firm wins £11m rural broadband contract

More than £11m is to be spent to set up wireless broadband in rural parts of Shropshire with the help of a Worcester business. Connecting Shropshire has named Airband Community Internet as the delivery partner for the next phase of the county council’s superfast broadband programme. The council has said the work will take three years to complete and the new transmitters will reach 14,000 homes and businesses.

Airband will be deploying wireless broadband, which works by sending a signal from a transmitter on a mast, to a receiver attached to the property.

A cable is then run into the building allowing the end-user to access the internet in the same way as any other broadband connection.

Redmond Peel, managing director of Airband, said: “We are delighted to have won the contract to deploy our fixed wireless network in Shropshire. “Knowing how essential high-speed broadband is, we are looking forward to working with local residents and businesses to provide fast and reliable Internet connections. “Our experience of building masts to deploy wireless broadband services in the Midlands, Wales, Dartmoor and Exmoor has given us extensive insight into dealing with the geographical challenges that we will come across in Shropshire.” Nic Laurens, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for broadband, said: “I am delighted that we have secured a technology partner that can deliver superfast broadband to some of the most rural parts of the county. “When this contract is completed, we expect 98 per cent of premises in the council area to have access to superfast broadband.”

£11 million to be spent improving rural broadband in Shropshire – shropshirestar.com 0

£11 million to be spent improving rural broadband in Shropshire – shropshirestar.com

Connecting Shropshire has announced that Airband Community Internet Ltd will be the delivery partner for the next phase of Shropshire Council’s superfast broadband programme. Since 2002, Airband has been providing high-speed wireless broadband access to rural areas. The Worcester-based company will be responsible for delivering superfast broadband to over 14,000 homes and businesses in the Shropshire Council area over the next three years.

Airband will be deploying wireless broadband, which works by sending a signal from a transmitter on a mast, to a receiver attached to the property. A cable is then run into the building allowing the end-user to access the iternet in the same way as any other broadband connection. Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for broadband, said:“I am delighted that we have secured a technology partner that can deliver superfast broadband to some of the most rural parts of the county.

When this contract is completed, we expect 98% of premises in the council area to have access to superfast broadband. “This means that even more people living, working and visiting Shropshire will be able to benefit from access to faster Internet connection speeds, enhancing their quality of life. The Connecting Shropshire programme runs until 2020 and will continue to work towards providing superfast broadband to all premises without access to it, and we remain confident in being able to achieve this aspiration.” Graham Wynn OBE, chairman of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “Slow internet speeds are a significant barrier to business growth, which is why we secured just over £5m in our Growth Deal with the Government to help us address the issue working with our partner, Shropshire Council. As well as connecting up thousands of businesses with superfast broadband, this investment is also expected to boost our regional economy by around £220m.” Advertising Redmond Peel, Managing Director of Airband, commented:“We are delighted to have won the contract to deploy our fixed wireless network in Shropshire.

Knowing how essential high-speed broadband is, we are looking forward to working with local residents and businesses to provide fast and reliable Internet connections. “Our experience of building masts to deploy wireless broadband services in the Midlands, Wales, Dartmoor and Exmoor has given us extensive insight into dealing with the geographical challenges that we will come across in Shropshire.

Our solution uses state-of-the-art radio technology, ensuring high-speed connections where fibre broadband is not available. “Using wireless overcomes many of the speed and reliability issues that are experienced with long copper cable lengths, meaning that many who have long suffered from poor broadband due to their locality will soon be able to access speeds comparable to those of their urban counterparts.”

Powys still in bottom 10 places in UK for poor broadband speeds 0

Powys still in bottom 10 places in UK for poor broadband speeds

Research conducted by consumer organisation Which? found that Powys is in the bottom 10 for speeds in the UK, along with the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities. Ryedale in Yorkshire and Purbeck in Dorset also made up the bottom five, while Tamworth, Reading, Enfield and Dundee City are among the places where the fastest speeds can be picked up.

The minimum download speed proposed under the Government’s Universal Service Obligation is 10Mbps, but the study found the average test in 12 local authority areas didn’t reach this speed. Montgomeryshire Assembly Member Russell George has spent years campaigning for better broadband in the county, and last week called for better work to be done by the Welsh Government to provide higher broadband speeds. He is holding a Montgomeryshire Broadband Summit at 10.30am on July 17 at the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Newtown, along with Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM.

Speaking recently, Mr George said the Superfast Broadband scheme in Wales needs to improve. He said: “The original open market review identified 45,000 premises in Wales that would not benefit from the project but this has now grown to 98,000 – over double the original number. “The project is also still plagued with communications issues, which see residents being told one month that they’ll have access to fibre broadband by a certain date, only to be told a few weeks later that they won’t receive it at all. Advertising “This is unacceptable and I have sought assurances from the Welsh Government that any successor scheme has a contractual obligation built into it that will see an improvement in public communications.” It is not just rural areas that have slow broadband speeds.

Many local authority areas in big cities are getting below the national average. The London boroughs of Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney and the City of London were all found to be lagging behind the UK average, which was identified as 17Mbps in the report. Alex Neill, Which?

managing director of Home Services, said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks. Advertising “We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow. “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on Government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman added: “Superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK, and we are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week. “These figures don’t show what broadband is available – they show many people haven’t taken up speeds that are already available to them. “Thanks to the Digital Economy Act passed last month, we will now directly ensure universal access to high speed broadband for the whole of the UK.” “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode at gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk.” Mr George’s meeting is for community leaders to answer questions of Miss James AM and BT officials, on their plans to improve broadband coverage in Montgomeryshire. Currently over 645,000 premises in Wales can already access superfast broadband thanks to Superfast Cymru, and by the end of the year this figure is expected to reach 690,000.

A consultation on further work from 2018 onwards is currently talking place.

For more information go to https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/next-generation-access-broadband.