Galloway MP Alister Jack has launched a broadband survey and asked constituents across Dumfries and Galloway to submit their views on how satisfied they are with their current broadband services.
Constituents can complete the survey by visiting Mr Jack’s website at www.alisterjack.co.uk or by sending their responses to Broadband Survey, Office of Alister Jack MP, 20 Academy Street, Dumfries, DG1 1BY. Responses must be submitted by Friday, December 1. In addition to providing details of their current broadband speeds, respondents are asked to include their name, full address and email address with their submissions.
Mr Jack will present the survey responses to UK Digital Minister, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, and use them to back his call for greater investment in broadband infrastructure in Dumfries and Galloway. The MP hopes that as many people as possible from right across Dumfries and Galloway respond to the survey. Mr Jack said: “This is an opportunity to provide Matt Hancock with the evidence that our region needs better broadband.
“Broadband is one of the most common issues that I am contacted about and I have made it one of my top priorities to secure better broadband for Dumfries and Galloway. “Poor broadband speeds are a huge problem for businesses, particularly small businesses, in this part of the country and if the Scottish Government are serious about helping to grow our local economy, they should get on with securing a broadband contract for the ?20.99 million allocated to them by the UK Government in 2014. When it finally does, Scotland will be the last area in the UK to do so and it simply is not good enough.
“I have already met with Matt Hancock twice to discuss this problem and there is a real willingness from his side to help.
I want to provide him with as much evidence as possible to back up my case and that is why I hope people take the opportunity to complete my survey.”
A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to bring superfast broadband to part of a North-east village. Residents in the Clyans Wood development in Monymusk, near Kemnay, are looking to raise almost ?9,000 to get the internet option. Roger Esson, who has launched the crowdfunding project, said it was the only chance residents had to get fibre broadband.
He said: “We are not part of any commercial roll-out plans, so the crowdfunder to pay for the option to get it installed is our only way forward.
“When roll-out plans were made, it was done based on postcode a few years ago and ours didn’t exist then, meaning we were never part of any plans.
“We would like to get as many people involved as possible so we can get the fibre broadband.
“I don’t think it is a luxury any more as with things like streaming it has become a necessity.
“We’re in a group of properties that cannot get access to superfast broadband at present, despite the exchange in Monymusk being enabled.
“BT has confirmed that our development is not part of any commercial roll-out plans, and have come back to us with a proposal that would bring fibre into our homes all the way from the telephone exchange.”
So far, the crowdfunder has raised 66% of its target with 19 backers pledging ?5,800 to the cause. It is hoped that the funds could be in place by October 13. Mr Esson added: “There are around 44 homes in this development and many of them have already contributed to the fund.
“I am hoping that many more will contribute by the time the fundraiser is finished but I’m appealing to anyone who might be able to help.
“There isn’t a plan B after this.
If the fund fails then we won’t be able to get the fibre broadband meaning others in the village will be able to enjoy the speed but we won’t.”
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Inmarsat (ISAT.L), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced that AirAsia Group has selected its next-generation GX Aviation inflight broadband solution for more than 120 Airbus aircraft. The landmark contract signed by Inmarsat and AirAsia Group, through its subsidiary ROKKI, covers all existing and future Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft operated across the AirAsia Group, including the long-haul operator AirAsia X. The agreement also has the scope to include any additional aircraft types due for delivery in the coming years, such as the Airbus A350. The first installations of GX Aviation onboard AirAsia Group aircraft, together with the launch of commercial service, are both scheduled to commence in the first half of 2018.
Inmarsat Aviation President Philip Balaam said, “AirAsia Group is one of the aviation industry’s leading innovators and we are delighted that GX Aviation will play a key role in their future service offering. The fact that we have signed this contract within months of announcing a Memorandum of Understanding is testament to AirAsia’s confidence in GX Aviation and builds on its successful track record as a leading customer of our SwiftBroadband service.
“The scale of this contract, covering more than 120 existing aircraft and one of the industry’s largest orderbooks for additional aircraft, showcases our status as a global market leader in advanced inflight broadband. Inmarsat has the fastest growing service uptake in our market, with, following this agreement, more than 1,300 aircraft, expected under signed contracts, both installed and under backlog, for our next generation GX Aviation and European Aviation Network (EAN) solutions.”
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said, “GX Aviation will form the backbone of AirAsia’s digital cabin offering. By delivering inflight connectivity that’s indistinguishable from what you get on-ground, our guests will be able to stay connected in ways that matter to them, whether it’s streaming movies or music, checking social media, messaging friends or catching up with work emails. Coupled with our ROKKI entertainment and e-commerce platform featuring free movies, music, articles and games as well as shopping, AirAsia guests will soon be able to enjoy one of the richest digital inflight experiences in Asia, while also enhancing our knowledge of our guests with very rich data.”
This contract supports Inmarsat’s strategy of providing airlines with tailored scalable capacity by designing, owning and operating a global network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). GX Aviation is the world’s first in-flight connectivity solution with seamless, reliable high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. It is the only service in the market that guarantees minimum data rates, ensuring that airline passengers can browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with an onboard connectivity experience comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.
AirAsia Group will connect to the GX network using exclusive new JetWave terminals produced by Honeywell Aerospace. The terminals are designed for ease of installation and maintenance to assure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market, allowing installation with minimal labour and using standard tools available in maintenance hangars.
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.
Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISAT.L).