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The sun has got his broadband hat on: Broadband Rollout Roundup 03/08/2012

At last it’s summer, or as good as the British weather can manage, and broadband providers can start building faster networks again.

BT swapped emergency warnings for faster broadband, Digital Region has pushed out fibre to more homes and WiFi coverage was extended with BT WiFi and The Cloud.

Sunshine by Mishel Churkin

Good weather lets BT upgrade ADSL for more than 335,000 homes

BT Openreach has got back to building its broadband network with a vengeance after the good weather, upgrading ADSL speeds for 336,690 homes and businesses.

The improvements bring ‘faster’ ADSL2+ broadband of up-to-20Mbps to communities which have only had up-to-8Mbps access.

The exchanges are now ready for other internet providers to come in and offer ‘unbundled’ broadband and phone services, giving a choice from BT.

The upgraded areas are:

  • Berkshire: 9,000 in Hermitage, Wraysbury and Littlewick Green
  • Black Country: 17,400 in Beacon, Lye, Pelshall
  • Buckinghamshire: 7,000 in Haddenham, Steeple Claydon and Aston Clinton
  • County Durham: 23,000 in Frosterley, Seaham, Shildon, Beamish and Trimdon
  • Coventry: 4,400 in Cheylesmore
  • Cumbria: 26,000 in Appleby, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Sedgwick
  • Greater Manchester: 5,900 in Standish
  • Hampshire: 25,000 in Fawley, West Wellow, Odiham, Tadley, Whitchurch and Oakley
  • Kent: 51,000 in Greenhithe, Ash Green, Cliffe, Shorne, Teynham, Westerham, Sherpherdswell, Ash, Paddock Wood, Westgate on Sea, Hildenborough, St Margarets Bay, Archers Court and Tenterden
  • Lancashire: 18,700 in Aughton Green, Coppull, Earby, Hesketh Bank, Hoghton and Turton
  • Merseyside: 6,490 in Birkenhead
  • Northumberland: 4,300 in Corbridge and Haltwhistle
  • North Wales: 26,000 in Amlwch, Caergwrle, Dyserth, Menai Bridge, Old Colwyn, Penygroes, Tywyn, Tynygongl and Valley
  • Oxfordshire: 2,500 in Shrivenham
  • Shropshire: 6,100 in Market Drayton
  • South Tyneside: 3,300 in Whitburn
  • South West: 67,000 in Chew Magna, Bishops Cleeve, Painswick and South Cerney
  • Staffordshire: 7,000 in Eccleshall and Tutbury
  • West Sussex: 1,600 in Rudgwick
  • Wiltshire: 7,000 in Purton, Tisbury and Bradenstoke
  • Worcestershire: 18,000 in Pershore, Stourport and Wolverley

Digital Region brings South Yorkshire online

We’re seeing steady progress now for Digital Region, the South Yorkshire business dedicated to connecting 97 per cent of the region at up-to-40Mbps.

Digital Region currently has five customer ISPs offering broadband service, and will be upgrading some parts of the network to up-to-100Mbps.

This week’s connections were made in:

  • Barnsley: S73 9AY, S75 2LF, S75 2JJ, S73 9DW
  • Doncaster: DN6 7JL, DN6 7JE, DN3 2RH, DN3 2NE
  • Sheffield: S2 5AD, S2 5AT, S2 5AU, S2 4NX

WiFi Rollout Roundup: BT’s half-million Thames WiFi hotspots and Maplin joins The Cloud

BT met its goal of creating half a million WiFi hotspots along the River Thames and The Cloud recruited Maplin to its roster of partners.

BT promised in September 2011 to have 500,000 WiFi hotspots in place along 27 miles of the River Thames for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The hotspots give users access to more than one hundred places to connect including the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, The London Eye, Waterloo Pier and London Bridge Pier.

BT Broadband customers have free and unlimited access to the internet away from the home at over 4 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Ireland, plus an extra 2 million international hotspots through BT’s partner Fon.

This week also saw Maplin add its 196 UK stores to The Cloud’s network, which will give access for customers to read product reviews online, check-in, or discuss their purchases on Facebook or Twitter.

But there’s a price: Maplin will use your data to provide a ‘more personalised’ service to customers based on your browsing and shopping experiences – and you’ll be pushed tailored offers if you use The Cloud in Maplin stores again. 

Image: Mishel Churkin / Flickr