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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.”

TalkTalk customers set for broadband price hike 0

TalkTalk customers set for broadband price hike

TalkTalk is increasing the price of its broadband packages, with most of the changes taking place at the beginning of August. The provider said it will notify its customers of any price rises that affect them directly. Two broadband packages are increasing from tomorrow (30 June) – Fast Broadband is going from £25.50 to £27 and Faster (fibre) Broadband is going from £32 to £33.50.

Each of TalkTalk’s Simply Broadband and Essentials Broadband packages is going up by around £2 from 1 August. Some call charges are also being increased from 1 August. Standard call rates to UK landlines and mobiles will be charged at 13.5p per minute, up by a penny, while standard connection charges are going up from 18p per call to 20p per call.

Premium number access charges are also going up, from 7.5p per minute to 10.5p per minute. Customers who’ve signed up to one of TalkTalk’s fixed price 18-month contracts will not see an increase – but for those on so-called ‘legacy’ packages it’s a second price hike in little more than six months. TalkTalk increased prices across the board in November and December last year as it launched its ‘fixed low price plans’ 1 and merged line rental and broadband costs together. ‘Investing millions’ A TalkTalk spokesperson said: “Changing our packages and pricing is never a decision we take lightly but we’re committed to bringing our customers the best value products and services. “We’ve been investing millions in improving our unlimited broadband network, making our TV service faster and simpler to use, and introducing industry-leading security services and calling features which we provide as standard. “Whilst making such improvements mean that some prices will increase, we’re determined to put our customers first and TalkTalk customers continue to make a saving of up to £333 in comparison to BT, Sky and Virgin Media.” Last month, TalkTalk said a million customers 2 had fixed their prices for 18 months by opting for an 18-month plan.

CEO Tristia Harrison said the company had rediscovered its DNA as a challenger brand with “a single minded focus on our customers”. Why do we need your postcode? Once you enter your postcode, Cable.co.uk will perform a live lookup and check all the available providers in your area.

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Close 3 References ^ ‘fixed low price plans’ (www.cable.co.uk) ^ a million customers (www.cable.co.uk) ^ Close (www.cable.co.uk)

Is your business in a fast or slow broadband area? 0

Is your business in a fast or slow broadband area?

Hoping to identify and then rank which areas offered fast or slow broadband, Which?  came upon a bigger divide in download speeds 1  than it had anticipated. For starters, it would take someone in Ryedale twice as long to download a movie compared to someone in Enfield. That’s because 11 areas ranked in the bottom 20 – Ryedale is one of them – fell short of the minimum download speed proposed by the  government’s  Universal Service Obligation (USO). 2 – Advertisement – Video Playback Not Supported  While the USO was intended to grant anyone the ability to request speeds of 10Mbps, the Orkney islands – the area with the worst broadband – offered a median download speed of 6.3.

This was followed by the Shetland islands (8.4Mbps), Highland (8.8Mbps), Ryedale (9.0Mbps) and Purbeck (9.0Mbps). The findings don’t bode well for Scotland, with the bottom three areas residing there, and only one location –  Dundee City –  featuring among the top 20. What’s more, certain areas within London seem to be suffering the same fate as rural locations, lagging behind the UK average of 17Mbps.

Southwark had a median download speed of 10.4, while Westminster had 12.9Mbps and the City of London came away with 13.4Mbps. Here are the top and bottom 20 broadband speed locations according to Which?. This follows  2016 research from uSwitch 3 , which sought to find the UK streets offering slow broadband.

It was revealed that it would take someone working or living on Williamson Road, Kent – with an average speed of 0.54Mps – 49 minutes to download a music album. In comparison, it would take Sandy Lane, Staffordshire, residents 22 seconds. At the time, uSwitch’s Ewan Taylor-Gibson, said: “On the UK’s slowest street broadband speeds are so sluggish you could fly to the Bahamas and back again in the time it takes to download a film. “Likely causes include the user’s distance from the nearest exchange or issues within the properties themselves.

Wireless connections can be affected by the thickness of walls, for example, but your broadband provider can usually offer a solution if that’s the case.” https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6G73ZGQ References ^ came upon a bigger divide in download speeds (press.which.co.uk) ^ government’s  (www.gov.uk) ^ 2016 research from uSwitch (www.thisismoney.co.uk)