How come tiny villages in Devon have better broadband than Exeter and Plymouth?

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The fast speeds are achieved by having fibre connection right to the premises

Remote communities in deepest Devon and Somerset can now get the fastest broadband in the UK. Ultrafast rural broadband provider Gigaclear2 has installed pure broadband cabinets in the Blackdown Hills – the first in the region. It means that surrounding properties will get direct fibre broadband with internet speeds of up to 1,000Mbps for both uploads as well as downloads, the downloads being up to 33 times faster than the UK average – that’s better than anything you can get in Exeter or Plymouth without paying through the nose.

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Joe Frost, Business Development Director at Gigaclear, said: “This marks the start of a hugely exciting time for residents and businesses who live and work across The Blackdown Hills. The area is now at the centre of the largest pure fibre broadband network deployment planned in the UK, which includes the BDUK contracts awarded to Gigaclear for areas within the Connecting Devon and Somerset rollout. The first customers in the Blackdown Hills will be able to benefit from up to 1,000Mbps for uploads and downloads within approximately 12 weeks, ending the frustrations from slow, unreliable and unpredictable rural broadband. This purely fibre based communications infrastructure will future-proof all those connected giving a giant leap forward for those who relish living and working in rural Devon and Somerset.”

How Come Tiny Villages In Devon Have Better Broadband Than Exeter And Plymouth?

Gigaclear is investing approximately ?2.5 million in the Blackdown Hills area to deliver ultrafast broadband to 2,000 properties as part of the company’s commercial rollout strategy.The first cabinets have now been installed in the village of Churchinford and parish of Upottery, meaning that homes and businesses in these areas will be among the first in Devon to be connected to a 1,000Mbps ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

Graham Long, Upottery Parish Councillor, said: “Fast broadband is an essential utility for all modern businesses and families. In October 2014, Upottery Parish was told by BT that superfast (24Mbps) broadband could be supplied to the Parish if residents were prepared to pay ?500,000 to have a fibre cable laid to the BT cabinet in the centre of Upottery. Today, thanks to Gigaclear, residents in our parish, including Rawridge, Upottery and Smeatharpe will soon be able to access up to 1,000Mbps pure fibre broadband without any contribution to the network build costs. There is no question that access to Gigaclear’s state-of-the-art fibre technology will help secure the future economy of these and other Blackdown Hills villages.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, added: “This full fibre project will deliver a tremendous boost to the broadband speeds of residents and businesses across the Blackdown Hills. It will be instrumental in driving growth and will deliver a welcome boost to the local economy. I’m very pleased to see independent suppliers like Gigaclear making significant investments in world class broadband infrastructure in rural Devon, and I’m also very pleased that they’ve won four contracts under the next phase of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme”.



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Connecting Devon, Somerset finish Phase One of FTTP rollout

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project1 said it has completed the first stage of its superfast (24Mbps) broadband rollout programme with BT. About GBP 94 million was spent to connect 278,000 premises. The contract was originally due to complete by the end of 2016, ISPreview said, noting although that much of the remaining work in the first quarter of this year has involved the deployment of Gigabit capable FTTP. Phase One actually brought high-speed fibre broadband services to an additional 320,000 local homes and businesses, with take-up reaching 33.5 percent, if the numbers include slower sub-24Mbps areas. The original contract was supported by around GBP 32 million of State Aid from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, plus another GBP 10 million from the local councils and the final GBP 41 million reflecting match-funding from BT (private investment).

Several million also came from the Bath and North East Somerset Council, for a public sector total of around GBP 53 million.

Under Phase Two, already underway, Gigaclear said it will roll out its Gigabit network to 35,225 hard-to-reach premises by 2018.2 The Gigaclear contract is for four out of six lots, with the winners of the remaining lots to be announced at a later date.


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The best and worst stock picks

The stock market is a challenging investment environment, even for seasoned investors. Many people opt for unit trusts or retirement funds to make it easier for them to manage their long-term investments. For those who like to manage their own investments, programmes like Business Day TV’s Stock Watch[1] are valuable.

To see how analysts and portfolio managers performed on the show, MyBroadband looked at the stock picks of several guests. We looked at the performance of the shares over a 1-year period, which showed it is challenging to pick winners. The table below shows the performance of the shares selected by Business Day TV’s Stock Watch guests a year ago.

It should be noted that dividends were not taken into account.

Name Company Share 12-Month Change
Graeme K?rner K?rner Perspective Discovery +10.03
Graeme K?rner K?rner Perspective York Timber +50.90
12-Month Growth +30.47
Jean Pierre Verster Fairtree Capital Microsoft +23.49
Jean Pierre Verster 36One Asset Management Hasbro +25.47
12-Month Growth +24.48
Joseph Busha JM Busha Investments Mondi +4.78
Joseph Busha JM Busha Investments Standard Bank +23.02
12-Month Growth +13.90
Wayne McCurrie Ashburton Investments Barclays Africa +9.71
Wayne McCurrie Ashburton Investments Impala Platinum -14.69
12-Month Growth -2.49
Gary Booysen Rand Swiss Steinhoff -26.35
Gary Booysen Rand Swiss FirstRand +4.79
12-Month Growth -10.78
Ashraf Mohamed Sycamore Fund Sibanye Gold -54.71
Ashraf Mohamed Sycamore Fund FirstRand +4.79
12-Month Growth -24.96
David Shapiro Sasfin Securities Steinhoff -26.35
David Shapiro Sasfin Securities Mediclinic International Plc -40.08
12-Month Growth -33.21

Now read: The tech shares Pravin Gordhan owns[2]


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