Over 12,000 new homes and firms across the Isle of Wight can now order superfast broadband from a variety of ISPs using BT’s Openreach network.
The BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK)-backed project aims to see 99 per cent of premises across the island able to order superfast broadband, defined by the government as any service capable of delivering at least 25Mbps.
BT’s own commercial upgrade will see around 50,000 locations able to get superfast services, while the £7.6 million private-public scheme will see 20,179 customers able to connect.
Related: BT powers up its first fibre cabinet on the Isle of WightBill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, said: “This milestone marks great progress in the rollout of fibre broadband on the Isle of Wight.
“On the Island more than 63,000 homes and businesses now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to this multi-million pound partnership and BT’s own commercial fibre broadband programme.”
Areas that have recently benefitted from the programme include Freshwater, parts of Wootton, Bembridge, St Helens, Seaview, Niton, Godshill and Rookley, along with Ryde, Newport, Cowes and Sandown, which were outside BT’s own commercial rollout.
Work to install new cabinets in Chillerton, Chale Green and Ventnor continues and BT expects that 20,000 premises, not including its commercial upgrade areas, will be able to order by Autumn 2015.
Most customers on the Isle of Wight will be able to get FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) services from the Openreach network, which currently provides top speeds of up to 80Mbps – although for competition reasons, most ISPs advertise the top possible speed as 76Mbps.
While emerging technologies like G.fast might see top speeds increasing dramatically, it could be years before this is deployed by BT.
If you’re after some faster services on the Isle of Wight right now your best bet is to see if WightFibre is available in your area.
Like Virgin Media, WightFibre’s cable network provides download speeds of up to 152Mbps and all of its services are unlimited as standard. If your property isn’t covered by WightFibre’s cable footprint you can also order wireless broadband, which provides download speeds of up to 30Mbps and is available to roughly 90 per cent of the island.