Businesses and homes in Cheltenham hoping to be able to access fast broadband might be cheered by the latest news down the line from BT. The telecommunications giant has revealed that together with its network business, Openreach, it plans to install what it is calling “new Ultrafast broadband technology” in the town. It follows trials of the technology in other parts of the UK and will, claims BT, make Cheltenham amongst the first in the UK to benefit.
It will give some lucky enough to live close to the road-side cabinets which help connect the network download speeds of up to 330Mbps (megabits per second) – more than 10 times the UK national average.
“This will benefit thousands of premises in Cheltenham which will be given access to the technology during 2017 with details about exactly where and when to be published shortly,” said a spokesman for the firm. Steve Jordan leader of Cheltenham Borough Council said “We welcome this news that Cheltenham has been chosen as one of the pilot areas in the country for Openreach’s Ultrafast broadband.
“Cheltenham’s importance as a digital hub continues to grow, being at the forefront of new technology advances. We look forward to businesses and residents being among the first to enjoy the benefits of this during 2017.”
Clive Selley, Openreach’s chief executive, said: “The UK leads the way when it comes to superfast broadband.
“More than nine out of 10 homes and businesses have access to superfast speeds with another 20,000 more premises being enabled each week, and we’re working hard to reach the rest, as well as rollling out Ultrafast speeds.
“I’m delighted Cheltenham will be one of the first locations to get Ultrafast speeds using G.fast technology.
It’ enables us to get an affordable Ultrafast service to as many people in the fastest time.”
Neil Smith, director of Cheltenham-based communications and broadband specialist Reform IT, said while the move was welcome and would benefit those close to cabinets the speed would tail off the further away homes and businesses are.
“What is needed is an investment in fibre optic cable that benefits everyone – not this attempt to squeeze the most out of the old copper lines,” said Mr Smith, whose firm is helping homes and businesses achieve faster speeds with its point-to-point wireless solutions.
Openreach plans to make G.fast available to more than 10 million UK homes by the end of 2020.
Tuesday 1 December, 2016
Spark launches Ultra Fast Fibre MAX
‘Gigabit’ broadband now available to consumer and business Spark customers
Spark customers can now buy Ultra Fast Fibre MAX, a broadband service delivered over gigabit technology. This new broadband plan option is now the fastest residential broadband service available from Spark. Spark’s Fibre MAX uses a gigabit connection over the UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband) network. The actual speed a customer will get varies based on a number of factors. For instance, to get the fastest speeds possible, customers will need to have high specification hardware in their homes and be testing over an Ethernet connection.
When used in optimal conditions, Ultra Fast Fibre MAX should provide speeds of between 700Mbps and 900Mbps download / 400Mbps upload. In trials, even higher speeds have been achieved, of up to 930Mbps. Ultra Fast Fibre MAX can now be purchased nationwide for consumer and business addresses where the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network is available – with a few exceptions. Services are not yet available in Queenstown, Greymouth, Oamaru or Whakatane until further notice, as work is being undertaken to ensure that the network is ready to support Ultra Fast Fibre MAX speeds. Otherwise, any customer with UFB available can purchase Ultra Fast Fibre Max: availability can be checked using Spark’s address checker.
Customers can purchase a bundled broadband and home phone Fibre MAX plan with unlimited data for $149.99/ month – or a broadband only Fibre MAX plan with unlimited data for $139.99/ month. Businesses can purchase a bundled broadband and landline Fibre MAX plan with unlimited data for $212.85 ex GST – or a broadband only Fibre MAX plan with unlimited data for $179.85 ex GST. All consumer Spark Ultra Fibre plans come with: Lightbox on us – online TV; Spark Security Suite – 5 free McAfee Security licenses; email – free Xtra email service; 24/7 help and support – over the phone and online, including a live webchat service; and lots more benefits for Spark customers including Spark Thanks and 1GB a day Free Public WiFi.
See www.spark.co.nz/getmore for details.