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 will supply Bloor Homes developments with ultrafast broadband as part of a deal announced today. The agreement will provide more than 2,000 homes across eight sites with access to fast broadband, many of them using fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology. Earlier this year, Virgin started working with the Home Builders Federation to improve broadband provision in new-build homes.
It has since announced an agreement with Redrow Homes that will see an initial 13,000 homes given access to ultrafast speeds. The new partnership with Bloor Homes will take Virgin’s broadband, TV and phone services to developments in Manchester, Exeter, Coventry, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Malmesbury as part of the provider’s ?3bn Project Lightning expansion. Chris Burton, group commercial director at Bloor Homes, said: “Ultrafast broadband access and engaging entertainment sit at the heart of any leading-edge household today.
“We build every home with its future owners in mind so I’m delighted to be working with Virgin Media. “Together we will ensure our customers can get the best home technology and are able to make the most of a connected digital home first hand.” Paul Buttery, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to have signed a nationwide agreement with Bloor, proving that Virgin Media has the backing and the people to create the connected homes people deserve.
“Bloor is among the first homebuilders to benefit from working with Virgin Media at scale and we look forward to our future together.”
‘The penny will drop’
In January, an investigation by Cable.co.uk revealed the shocking state of broadband provision in new-build homes, with many homeowners stuck for months with poor or non-existent connections. Since then, Openreach has offered free FTTP to all large developments and from next month will make the service available for all new estates of at least 30 homes. Openreach CEO Clive Selley told Cable.co.uk that developers are being educated in the advantages of an all-fibre infrastructure as opposed to one that uses traditional copper telephone wires.
“The penny will drop increasingly with the developers, they’ll realise that it’s a way of adding value to the housing that they’re building, they will increasingly get that point,” he said. “What we see is increasing appetite for FTTP and we’ll just keep driving the adoption curve up.” The new Bloor Homes developments being connected by Virgin Media are Seabrook Orchards, Exeter; Cropston Road, Anstey; Oak Tree Gardens, Donington le Heath; Charnwood Grange, Shepshed; Old Holly Lane, Atherstone; Worsley Fold, Walkden; Spring Park, Mapperley; and Filands View, Malmesbury.
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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.