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Broadband Rollout Roundup: 17,000 new fibre homes and 20Mbps for all 09/02/2013

Broadband Rollout Roundup: 17,000 new fibre homes and 20Mbps for all 09/02/2013Broadband Rollout Roundup this week is a tad on the quiet side. As the nation braces itself for yet more cold weather and BT finally gets back to work after clearing out all that previous storm damage fixes damage caused by melting snow, we can’t expect huge deal of Openreach announcements right now.

There’s been little news from other networks out in the sticks be they fibre-based pioneers or regional wireless broadband suppliers and not much else.

There has been a pair of high profile announcements from local councils from Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough awarding contracts to BT, which will see the majority of homes and businesses able to get either FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) or FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) by 2015.

Northamptonshire’s actually gone one better by announcing plans for 100 per cent coverage by 2017 – clearly a council that’s thinking ahead. 

Until the fibre really starts flowing in theses areas, there’s no room for them in Broadband Rollout Roundup. Here’s all the relevant roundup news for the week ending February 9, 2013. 

Over 17,000 local homes and businesses to get fibre broadband in Folkestone, Kent

As BT’s big rollout continues with more baby steps, it’s been announced that more than 17,000 homes and businesses in Folkestone are set to benefit from faster connections.

Rollout of superfast broadband will see homes able to access both FTTC and FTTP lines, providing download speeds of up to 80Mbps and 330Mbps respectively.

This follows on from rollout in the county which has seen superfast broadband in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Hythe, Maidstone, Ramsgate and Whitstable.

Eutelsat upgrade brings 20Mbps download speeds to all of the UK

Eutelsat announced this week rollout of faster download speeds to all UK ISPs which use its Tooway satellite broadband footprint.

Last week we saw Avonline jumping the gun somewhat with announcement of its new packages, the deal was sealed as other consumer ISPs such as Bentley Walker and Tooway Direct have now updated with new 20Mbps packages.

That’s your lot for this instalment. More Broadband Rollout Roundup action as and when it comes next week.


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