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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.

O2 Gives ‘Disconnected’ Welsh Village Full Mobile Coverage For The First Time 0

O2 Gives ‘Disconnected’ Welsh Village Full Mobile Coverage For The First Time

A remote Welsh village can now receive mobile data services for the first time, two years after it was cut off entirely from the UK communications network. Staylittle in Powys has just 150 residents but a thunderstorm in 2015 left the community without landline services for nearly two weeks. The nearest neighbouring village is eight miles away and the sole working landline was located in the local Post Office.

The incident exaggerated concerns that Staylittle was becoming increasingly isolated, with no mobile phone network covering the area either. In response O2 set up a temporary 2G mast 1 in the village and has worked to deliver 4G ever since. O2 Wales Although the fixed connection has since been restored, the arrival of 4G will allow residents to benefit from a wealth of entertainment applications, government services and business opportunities and also provide a lifeline should the landline ever go down again. “Ever since we heard Staylittle’s story in 2015, we’ve worked tirelessly to get its residents to this point – where they can make calls and access the internet and social media on the move just like most of the country,” said Brendan O’Reilly, CTO at O2. “Seeing what a difference being connected is already making to families and businesses in Staylittle has made this a memorable achievement, and one we are working hard to emulate this in other rural villages across Wales.” O2 has committed to deliver 4G to another 400 villages in Wales as part of an ongoing network investment plan that will see it invest £80 million in London 2 . “It’s a huge, positive change for the village – a change that is guaranteed to improve the lives of those living in Staylittle, who can now go online with confidence, and connect with friends, family and colleagues through their mobile,” added Russell George, Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire and Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

Rival EE has just announced plans to extend geographical coverage in Wales to 90 percent, up from 40 percent, and has built the UK’s most powerful mobile mast in Cardiff. 3 Quiz: What do you know about 4G? 4 Using a combination of Long-Term Evolution technologies and Network Element series industrial routers, Huawei has designed a next-generation urban rail … 5 Vehicular connectivity has become a means for basic safety messaging and traffic management over the past 20 years, but now new sensors are equipping cars … 6 The Gartner Magic Quadrant reports are one of the de-facto evaluations in measuring vendor offerings.

The industry and its various segments attach a high … 7 References ^ O2 set up a temporary 2G mast (www.silicon.co.uk) ^ will see it invest £80 million in London (www.silicon.co.uk) ^ UK’s most powerful mobile mast in Cardiff. (www.silicon.co.uk) ^ Quiz: What do you know about 4G? (www.techweekeurope.co.uk) ^ … (www.silicon.co.uk) ^ … (www.silicon.co.uk) ^ … (www.silicon.co.uk)

The top 10 worst places in the UK for broadband reception 0

The top 10 worst places in the UK for broadband reception

Getting online is a part of modern life but there are some places in the UK where it is a lot harder than others. In fact, there are places in Wales with Internet speeds that are worse than those at the base camp at Mount Everest, which is higher than 2Mbps. The figures, revealed by the House of Commons, show that several of the top ten areas for the worst speeds in the UK are in Wales.

Here are the bottom 10 by parliamentary constituency…