BT has connected the first 200 homes and businesses in Rutland to superfast fibre-based broadband.
The premises in North Luffenham have been connected under the local Digital Rutland plan, part funded with government money from Broadband Delivery for the UK (BDUK).
The plan will eventually see 90 per cent of Rutland’s homes and businesses connected to speeds of at least 30Mbps, with the majority of locations benefitting from FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)-type connections.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Rural BroadbandSpeaking to ISP Review, Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council, said:
“North Luffenham is not only the first Rutland community to receive superfast broadband under our project, but also the first in the East Midlands to do so using funding from the government’s rural broadband scheme. We live in an extremely rural area and the importance of providing access to high speed broadband for our residents and businesses should not be underestimated.”
While the majority of locations will get FTTC broadband from BT, a handful will also benefit from FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) connections which provide speeds of up to 330Mbps. These connections are much faster and more future-proofed than FTTC, which uses a copper connection to make up the so-called ‘last mile’.
BT has launched its FTTP On Demand programme which allows businesses to pay to upgrade the last mile of FTTC to a fibre optic line. It’s hoped that this solution will eventually be made available to consumers but right now it’s solely aimed at businesses.
Rutland Telecom also offers ADSL-based broadband services with speeds of up to 48Mbps in Uppingham, Ridlington, Ayston, Glaston, Lyddington, Stoke Dry, Thorpe-by-Water, Stockerston, Oakham, Langham, Barleythorpe, Braunston, Burley, Brooke, Empingham, Whitwell and Essendine.