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UK achieves Superfast Broadband coverage goal

The UK has passed[1] a significant Superfast Broadband coverage milestone. Across the nation more than 95 per cent of premises (residential and business) now have access to Superfast Broadband offering 24Mbps download or faster speeds. A report on the news, published by Think Broadband,[2] puts the exact figure at 95.0079 per cent.

The 95 per cent figure isn’t a consistent representation of the broadband speeds in every area of the UK. Some regions such as Epson and Ewell, Tamworth, Worthing and Watford have nearly 99 per cent coverage. Meanwhile, at the sorry end of the table, there are regions that include The City of London (50.3 per cent), the Orkney Islands (66.8 per cent) and Hull (71.7 per cent).

You can check the latest rank, coverage, and speeds data for the 650 UK constituencies here[3]. UK achieves Superfast Broadband coverage goal click to zoom chart

If you look at the 95 per cent milestone (and that more than 19 out of 20 UK homes and businesses can now get >24Mbps speeds), and worry that you are still in the internet connection dark ages, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has some reassurance to offer. DCMS Secretary of State, Matt Hancock made the following statement:

“Over the last 5 years, the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband has made superfast speeds a reality for more than 4.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We’ve delivered on our commitment to reach 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the UK, but there’s still more to do in our work building a Britain that’s fit for the future.

We’re reaching thousands more premises every single week, and the next commitment is to making affordable, reliable, high speed broadband a legal right to everyone by 2020.”

The above mentioned legal right stems from the Universal Service Obligation, a promise of high speed broadband (10Mbps or faster) for everyone by 2020.

Meanwhile more and more people should get superfast broadband as fibre and similar super fast connectivity continues to roll out.

Remember, there are more targets to be met ahead of us; the government aim to achieve 97 – 98 per cent superfast broadband coverage sometime in 2019, for example.

References

  1. ^ passed (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Think Broadband, (www.thinkbroadband.com)
  3. ^ here (labs.thinkbroadband.com)

Broadband is now superfast

RESIDENTS in the village of Nutbourne, near Pulborough, are enjoying the benefits of “superfast” broadband at home, work and in the local. The newly available fibre broadband services were installed with investment from the “Better Connected” partnership between West Sussex County Council[1], BT Group and the Government. Despite presenting an engineering challenge, the body of the village, which stretches along a winding main street, now receives access to speeds of more than 30 megabits per second (Mbps).

UK regulator Ofcom defines superfast as speeds greater than 30Mbps. Residents living closest to the broadband supply can gain access of up to 80Mbps. Brian White, chairman of Nutbourne Residents’ Association, said: “Slow broadband used to be a constant topic at our meetings as people grew frustrated.

“Now, since the new services have gone live, we don’t talk about broadband as a problem in the village anymore.” The broadband services are provided through a new fibre broadband cabinet outside the village and connected to the exchange at West Chiltington. A popular meeting place in the village, The Rising Sun Inn is now offering free Wi-Fi to diners and drinkers.

Landlord Regan Howard said: “It’s early days but we hope the Wi-Fi will mean people enjoy their visit here even more and maybe make a point of calling in to make use of the fast connection.” Meanwhile, local couple Frank and Erica Riddle are now finding it easier to communicate with family and friends far and wide. They said: “We have friends worldwide and a son in Japan with a granddaughter so we can’t pop round to see them.

“We need a good broadband connection for modern communication via Skype, FaceTime and photos. Our service has increased from 1Mbps to 38Mbps.” Businessman John Wellard has also described the improved speed’s positive impact on his work.

He said: “High speed broadband is making a huge difference to working from home. “I write reports and road test articles for a national motor club magazine which requires high definition images. Now with 52Mbps download and over 14Mbps upload speeds, I’m able to send images in seconds.”

Up to now, the Better Connected partnership has enabled high speed broadband access for 67,000 homes and businesses countywide.

References

  1. ^ West Sussex County Council (www.theargus.co.uk)

Villagers’ delight as new ‘superfast’ broadband arrives

Residents in the village of Nutbourne, near Pulborough, are enjoying the benefits of ‘superfast’ broadband at home, work and in the local pub. The newly available fibre broadband services were installed with investment from the ‘Better Connected’ partnership between West Sussex County Council, BT Group and central government.

Since the new services have gone live, we don’t talk about broadband as a problem in the village anymore

Despite presenting an engineering challenge, the body of the village, which stretches along a winding main street, now receives access to speeds of more than 30 megabits per second (Mbps). UK regulator Ofcom defines superfast as speeds greater than 30Mbps.

Residents living closest to the broadband supply can gain access of up to 80Mbps. Brian White, chair of Nutbourne Residents’ Association said: “Slow broadband used to be a constant topic at our meetings as people grew frustrated. “Now, since the new services have gone live, we don’t talk about broadband as a problem in the village anymore.”

The broadband services are provided through a new fibre broadband cabinet positioned outside of the village, and connected to the exchange at West Chiltington. A popular meeting place in the village, The Rising Sun Inn is now offering free Wi-Fi to diners and drinkers. Landlord Regan Howard said: “It’s early days but we hope the Wi-Fi will mean people enjoy their visit here even more and maybe make a point of calling in to make use of the fast connection.”

Meanwhile, local couple Frank and Erica Riddle are now finding it easier to communicate with family and friends far and wide. They said: “We have friends worldwide and a son in Japan with a granddaughter so we can’t pop round to see them. “We need a good broadband connection for modern communication via Skype, FaceTime and photos.

Our service has increased from 1Mbps to 38Mbps.” Local businessman John Wellard has also described the improved speeds’ positive impact on his work. He said: “High speed broadband is making a huge difference to working from home.

“I write reports and road test articles for a national motor club magazine which requires high definition images. Now with 52Mbps download and over 14Mbps upload speeds, I’m able to send images in seconds.” Up to now, the Better Connected partnership has enabled high speed broadband access for 67,000 homes and businesses countywide.

County Councillor Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “We’re delighted to have made it possible for the majority of the county to enjoy high speed fibre broadband services, by building on the commercial roll out by suppliers.

“We’re still pushing further and want to reach an extra 7,000 premises countywide by the end of next year.

We are being ambitious but believe this is achievable.”