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Broadband still knackered for many Sky customers in Flintshire and beyond

It’s been nearly 24 hours since first reports began to emerge locally of issues with Sky broadband. Late last night Sky said “Repair work is underway however due to the complexity of the repair, these will continue overnight. In an update at 7.43 this morning they said:

“Repair work is continuing.

Engineers have remained on site overnight working hard to resolve this issue and we apologise for any continued inconvenience.”

Worryingly for Sky broadband customers, they add;

“Further updates will be posted throughout the day” suggesting ‘a fix’ isn’t likely anytime soon.

The list of those area’s affected:

FLINT, HOLYWELL, MOSTYN, RHYL, WREXHAM NORTH, HESWALL, IRBY, HOYLAKE, ABERGELE, AMLWCH, BANGOR, BETHESDA, HOLYHEAD, LLANFAIRFECHAN, LLANGEFNI, LLANBERIS, LLANWNDA, MENAI BRIDGE, OLD COLWYN, PENYGROES, PORT DINORWIC, TYNYGONGL, VALLEY, BUCKLEY, CHESTER CENTRAL, KELSALL, MICKLE TRAFFORD, TARPORLEY, TARVIN, ABERCONWY, COLWYN BAY CENTRAL, LLANDUDNO, LLANRWST, PENMAENMAWR, RHUDDLAN, RHOS ON SEA, ST ASAPH, WREXHAM, BLAENAU FFESTINIOG, CAERNARFON CAERGWRLE, DOLGELLAU, LLANGOLLEN, NEFYN, PORTHMADOG, PWLLHELI, RUABON, and RHOSLLANERCHRUGOG

For those suffering the loss of their broadband, and are currently chewing through mobile data at a fair rate of megabytes – listicle pioneers Buzzfeed have a handy guide on what to do if you have no interweb.

They offer nuggets such as – talk to people, catch up on sleep, get out of the house – more here: buzzfeed1

References

  1. ^ buzzfeed (www.buzzfeed.com)

White space trials speed broadband in Wales

Domain registry Nominet is extending its white space spectrum trial, bringing broadband internet access to rural Wales. White space, also known as TV white space (TVWS), is the ‘spare’ spectrum left over when the UK migrated to digital TV. It has the potential (important word) to provide rural communities with long-range, low-power and low speed (up to 30Mbps) access to the internet. Working with Broadway Partners, Nominet launched its first trial on the Isle of Arran in Scotland in 2016. Following its success there, the company has extended the tests to Llanarth Parish in Monmouthshire.

The UK’s average broadband speed is 22.8Mbps; around 170 households in Llanarth, however, are limited to 2.5Mbps. Nine of these households will take part in the trial over a period of six months. Monmouthshire County Council is in the process of applying for funding from the Welsh government’s Rural Development Programme, which could lead to county-wide deployment. White space in the UK is in the 470-694MHz region and shared with TV, meaning that the spectrum used must be changed dynamically to avoid interference. Nominet uses a white space database, which tells the sending device what spectrum is available and the power levels it can broadcast at.White Space Trials Speed Broadband In Wales

Nominet has been promoting the concept of spectrum sharing for several years, arguing that it is necessary to maximise available resources.

Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet, said, “The internet’s integral role in day-to-day life will only increase as the Internet of Things become a reality and we equip our homes with smart devices…

It is an exciting future that has the potential to transform lives, but it could become the preserve of the city dwellers, with smart devices inaccessible to those who live in rural areas where internet speeds can be either non-existent or too slow to meet the needs of those using it.”

Nominet announces new pilot using TVWS spectrum

UK internet company Nominet announced the launch of a new pilot in the Monmouthshire community of Llanarth (Wales), bringing broadband connectivity to nine households using TV white space (TVWS) spectrum. Currently, around 170 households in Llanarth experience poor broadband with an average speed of 2.5 Mbps, prompting Monmouthshire county council to approach Nominet and its partner Broadway Partners to trial the technology. The six-month pilot is currently delivering speeds of up to 30 Mbps, said the company, using dynamic spectrum management to ensure that TVWS signals don’t interfere with TV broadcasts.

TVWS was authorized for use by telecom regulator Ofcom in 2015, using gaps left in the wireless spectrum between 470-790 MHz in order to avoid interference between TV channels.

Nominet and Broadway Partners have already successfully deployed the technology on the Isle of Arran (Scotland), where TVWS services went live in November1.

References

  1. ^ went live in November (www.telecompaper.com)