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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.”

Coventry’s superfast broadband: Download a full HD film in just SEVEN SECONDS

Superfast broadband is coming to Coventry with internet users promised speeds that are more than 30 times faster than the current average. Gigabit broadband is coming to the city courtesy of Hyperoptic, which has announced plans to expand its services to Coventry. The company is the UK’s largest gigabit residential broadband provider and has recently secured an additional ?100 million in private sector funding to accelerate building its full fibre network across the country.

Coventry's Superfast Broadband: Download A Full HD Film In Just SEVEN SECONDS

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Hyperoptic has already started installing the superfast broadband1 in some Coventry buildings, with plans to extend it to thousands more homes and businesses over the next few years. Gigabit broadband is the next generation of broadband internet service which provides speeds of 1,000Mbps, which is also referred to as 1 Gbps or gigabit internet. What this means for users is they will have an internet connection that is way faster than today’s average broadband service2.

It means 100 photographs or songs can be downloaded in as little as three seconds, a HD film downloaded in as little as seven seconds and whole box sets in minutes. Unlike existing broadband providers that only run fibre to the green box at the end of the street, Hyperoptic installs fibre all the way into a development or building. It means users can enjoy the fastest broadband in the UK today and not have to worry about peak-time slowdowns, buffering and timeouts.

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Installation is already place in buildings across Coventry and the company says it will be investing millions in broadband infrastructure across Coventry over the next two years, with the aim of connecting thousands of residents and businesses.

Hyperoptic’s regional director Tim Huxtable said: “We are very excited to bring our gigabit connectivity to Coventry – with gigabit speeds come limitless opportunities.

“Residents can live and work without connectivity constraints.

“In this digital age no one wants to see a buffer sign when they are trying to stream their favourite TV show – or a frozen screen when they try and pay for something online.

“Our broadband helps, rather than hinders, people from enjoying everything the internet has to offer.

“Residents in Coventry don’t have to just take our word for it – our customers are the biggest catalyst in fuelling our growth, by sharing their experiences with their neighbours, family and friends – they have even given us a 4* Trustpilot rating – the highest in the industry.”

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Over the last six years Hyperoptic has extended its full fibre broadband to more than 350,000 homes and businesses.

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It is currently expanding in 27 UK towns and cities, including Coventry and Birmingham, and aims to have its service available to more than two million homes by 2022 and five million homes by 2025.

References

  1. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventrys-15m-masterplan-roll-out-12145046 (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/best-worst-broadband-speeds-coventry-13243749 (www.coventrytelegraph.net)

Watchdog finds Virgin Media is falling short on promised broadband speeds

An investigation has claimed Virgin Media is failing to provide the broadband speeds it promised customers.

BBC Watchdog1 , in its latest instalment, which aired on Wednesday night at 8pm on BBC One, found some areas in the UK were receiving just 3% of the speeds that were promised. The programme alerted Virgin Media to its findings, according to the Mirror.2

In response, the company acknowledged the problem and said it has resolved the issues that were raised. Virgin Media said it was “disappointed” that it “fell short” of its own high standards when it comes to broadband speeds.

Watchdog Finds Virgin Media Is Falling Short On Promised Broadband Speeds

Despite paying for speeds of up to 200mbps, the BBC programme found some users couldn’t even stream music – let alone download a video game or stream video. Virgin Media also confirmed that it is redoubling efforts on training sales staff to make sure everyone complies with the policy. Chief executive Tom Mockridge said in May that 100Mbps was the new broadband standard and that the industry needed to get better at advertising speeds in different areas to customers.

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Back in December 2016, research from Ofcom found that more than a million homes in the UK still can’t get a “decent” broadband signal from any provider. The regulator said 1.4 million homes remain unable to receive broadband speeds over 10 megabits per second (Mbit/s), the speed Ofcom3 says is required in a typical home to meet a household’s digital needs. The Government has pledged to make broadband a universal service that gives everyone a right to access 10 Mbit/s speeds, a scheme Ofcom is advising on.

References

  1. ^ BBC Watchdog (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ according to the Mirror. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ofcom (www.mirror.co.uk)