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Super fast fibre broadband coming to West Yorkshire in £200m pilot scheme

County has been chosen as one of six areas to test the service

West Yorkshire has been revealed as one of just six places chosen to test out the fastest and most reliable broadband. Fibre broadband is to be rolled out to businesses, schools and hospitals in a ?200m pilot scheme. The projects will get around ?10 million to test full fibre networks that run straight to the doors of customers’ homes or businesses and is said to offer speeds of 1 gigabyte.

Karen Rukin of Kirklees Council said: “This is great news and a small project team is being established who will work with government to deliver this scheme locally.

“There is still work to do to shape how the scheme will operate exactly in West Yorkshire.”

Kirklees councillor Andrew Cooper, (Greens, Newsome), said: “It’s good that more communities are getting a better broadband service. As local councillors we will be dropping letters informing the householders affected to make sure they don’t lose out.”

Clr Andrew Cooper

Full fibre broadband could potentially allow:

* hospitals to share HD quality graphics of medical scans in seconds to improve diagnosis speeds,

* businesses to reach ever more customers online, increasing transactions by uploading even the largest files quickly and easily

* school classrooms to see a vast increase the number of pupils who can stream educational videos at the same time

The scheme is also being tested in Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire, Somerset and Greater Manchester. Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock MP, said: “We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen.

“To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future.

The announcement is the first step as part of the government’s four-year plan to stimulate the market and encourage the growth of full fibre up and down the country.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones MP, said: “How we live and work today is directly affected by how good our broadband connection is.

Reliable connections enable new industries to flourish, help create jobs and give people flexibility in how and where they work.”

Worcester firm wins £11m rural broadband contract

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.”

Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds

Anyone looking to download a film or an album in a hurry should head to the affluent north Surrey borough of Elmbridge, it turns out. Research on broadband speeds by consumer brand Which? puts Elmbridge ninth in the UK for quick connectivity. The borough is the only area of Surrey to feature in the top ten, yet the county fares better than parts of Scotland.

The Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities numbered one, two and three for the worst broadband speeds in the UK. 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.

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Despite the majority of slow download speeds coming from rural areas, 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.

The fastest areas were Tamworth in the West Midlands, followed by Reading, Adur in West Sussex, Enfield and Dundee City.

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds How does your area fare? 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.

“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.”

He added: “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.”

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds The government says superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “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.”

He added: “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode here1 .”


research using data from Speed Checker Ltd from January to March 2017 found the top 10 to be:

  1. Tamworth
  2. Reading
  3. Adur
  4. Enfield
  5. Dundee City
  6. Luton
  7. North East Lincolnshire
  8. Merton
  9. Elmbridge
  10. Broxbourne

And the worst…

  1. Orkney Islands
  2. Shetland Islands
  3. Highland
  4. Ryedale
  5. Purbeck
  6. Na h-Eileanan Siar
  7. Powys
  8. West Devon
  9. Eden
  10. Rother

Surrey Borough Features In Top 10 For UK Broadband Speeds

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