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Diamond broadband geezers: Broadband Rollout Roundup 08/06/2012

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee giving most people a long weekend, we weren’t expecting to see many communities getting a broadband boost this week, but nothing seems to stop the fibre bandwagon rolling with both BT and Virgin busy, and there’s a bit of wireless action in Wales.

LlanfechainWelcome to Broadband Rollout Roundup for June 8, 2012.

BT Openreach switches on superfast broadband

Lasers are being lit up for fibre optic broadband night and day, it seems, and that’s just to hit the the current BT target of 66 per cent of us getting more than 24Mbps by 2014.

Unusually, this week’s ‘superfast broadband is starting’ announcements didn’t come from BT itself (always complete with a comment from the regional manager), but from the BT Openreach Twitter feed.

That won’t matter if you’re lucky enough to see your name in the following list of exchanges which have been enabled for fibre-optic broadband. Some, but not all, of the streetside BT cabinets are now being switched on for fibre-to-the-cabinet at up-to-80Mbps.

All you need now is to find out which ISPs are operating out of the exchange, and don’t forget, from mid-June your ISP can also offer fibre-to-the-premises in any fibre-ready area at up to 350Mbps.

This week’s super-fast broadband winners are:

  • Accrington
  • Barming
  • Cleckheaton
  • Cobham
  • Deal
  • Dringhouses
  • Ecclesfield
  • Epping
  • Four Oaks
  • Foxhall
  • Frinton-On-Sea
  • Great Missenden
  • Hertford
  • Horndean
  • Hythe, Kent
  • Kings Langley
  • Kneller Hall
  • Loose
  • Mildenhall
  • Morecambe
  • Newhaven
  • Newmarket
  • North Cheam
  • Oswestry
  • Peacehaven
  • Penkridge
  • Polegate
  • Polperro
  • Potters Bar
  • Purfleet
  • Ramsgate
  • Rochdale
  • Sandy
  • Sawbridgeworth
  • Shirley, West Midlands
  • Skelmanthorpe
  • Sketty
  • South Ockendon
  • Spennymoor
  • Stowmarket
  • Thanet
  • Tilbury
  • Vange
  • Ware
  • Waterloo
  • Whitchurch, Hampshire
  • Wickersley
  • Wide Open
  • Wivenhoe
  • Worplesdon

Another small step for wireless Wales

The Welsh government seems to have settled for making its citizens make a choice between nice views and speedy broadband, but the good folk at eXwavia won’t rest.

The latest beneficiary of their skills is Llanfechain, a village of about 600 people in Powys, mid-Wales (pictured above in 1996).

EXwavia installs wireless internet from masts around mid-Wales and north Wales, which can deliver up to 16Mbps for home connections and up to 60Mbps to businesses.

Users mount a small antenna on their house or premises, which gives a direct two-way connection with unlimited downloads.

Tariffs run from £20/month for 4Mbps each way, to £42/month for 16Mbps; and top-end business connections for £140/month plus VAT.

The standard setup fee for eXwavia is about £1,000, but the Welsh government offers up to £1,000 to get connected if your broadband is currently less than 2Mbps.

Image: Gathering the Jewels

Wolverhampton will be first for 120Mbps Virgin broadband

Virgin’s inaccurately-named ‘speed doubling’ programme is raising its top speed from 100Mbps to 120Mbps, and Wolverhampton will be the first place in the West Midlands to hit top speed.

The Express & Star, proud newspaper of Wolverhampton and the Black Country, reports that the speed doubling programme – which runs until Spring 2013 – will pass the land of Nodders this summer.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media has driven broadband development in the UK and we’re delighted to be boosting our customers in Wolverhampton broadband speeds once again.”