SOME of Warwickshire oldest villages are among the next set to benefit from superfast fibre broadband. Barford, Wasperton, and Ladbroke are among the communities included in the latest part of the CSW Broadband roll-out, which is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme being spearheaded locally by Warwickshire County Council and BT. County council spokesman Coun Alan Cockburn said: “Many of these communities will have seen the fibre network getting closer to them, but until now they have not been able to benefit from faster broadband.
“This will change, and over the coming 12 months residents and businesses in these areas will be able to upgrade their service and take advantage of a wide range of broadband packages from the full marketplace of internet service providers.”
Virgin Media has announced the next 30 locations that will receive fibre-based ultrafast broadband through its Project Lightning programme. Fibre broadband offering speeds of up to 300Mbps will be delivered directly to these premises as part of the provider’s 4 billion network expansion. The technology will be deployed in the following locations. Windlesham (Surrey) Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire) Balsall Common (West Midlands) Old Basing (Hampshire) Oakley (Hampshire) Farnham Common (Buckinghamshire) Wargrave (Berkshire) Lickey, Catshill, Marlbrook & Barnt Green (Worcestershire) Cullingworth (West Yorkshire) Shrivenham (Oxfordshire) Baddesley Ensor (Warwickshire) Harden (West Yorkshire) Broughton Astley (Leicestershire) Grimethorpe (South Yorkshire) Wigginton & Haxby (North Yorkshire) Copmanthorpe (North Yorkshire) Grassmoor (Derbyshire) Pontyclun (Rhondda) Darfield (South Yorkshire) Talke & Talke Pits (Staffordshire) Cudworth (South Yorkshire) Duffield (Derbyshire) Shafton (South Yorkshire) Denham (Buckinghamshire) Llanharry (Rhondda) Marcham (Oxfordshire) North Leigh (Oxfordshire) Repton (Derbyshire) North Cornelly (Bridgend) Watchfield (Oxfordshire) Paul Buttery, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, commented: “By bringing fibre to the parishes and smaller communities, it shows that ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV isn t just for big cities.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from the local communities, and as a result, we have decided to speed up our network expansion plans, to connect the next 30 villages by spring 2017.”
However, Mr Buttery insisted that Virgin Media does not plan to stop there. He has therefore urged more communities to “come forward and tell us where we should expand to next”. Households will receive broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps, which Virgin Media says is more than two-and-a-half times faster than the maximum speeds offered by Sky, TalkTalk and BT. This, it stated, means every member of the family will be able to stream music, watch movies and perform other tasks online all at the same time.
Businesses with ultrafast connections will benefit from speeds of up to 300Mbps. Virgin Media says this is nearly four times faster than the maximum speeds available from its competitors. The company believes this will enable businesses to “reach their potential by delivering better services and greater capacity”.
16:48 Monday 11 July 2016
An alpaca, an attorney general, broadband champions and villagers frustrated by old technology united in a celebration on Friday. The cause for all this rejoicing was an unremarkable green cabinet on the side of the A45 which has come on stream to give Willoughby access at last to superfast broadband. Rural areas which have been lagging behind in the race for faster connections have been given hope by the CSW Broadband project, which is led by BT and Warwickshire County Council.
Willoughby s cabinet is the 300th to go live as a result and it will serve some 185 homes and businesses in the village. Attorney General Jeremy Wright was there in his capacity as the village s MP and was joined by representatives of CSW Broadband and campaigning residents happy to be moving out of the slow lane. Mr Wright said: CSW Broadband has an ambition to achieve 98 per cent coverage by 2018, and this cabinet is another step towards those targets.
Residents and businesses in Willoughby can now join the information superhighway and work is underway to improve connectivity across the Leam Valley area.
Dr Jeremy Stocker, who owns Willoughby Alpacas said: Access to fast broadband will allow us to set up a website for our growing alpaca business. Landlord of The Rose Inn, Rudi Prymaka, said: As we live in the pub it will be great for us to be able to stream TV and films so we can watch them at a time to suit us. We currently provide wi-fi for our customers, but it is slow and unreliable.