If you want a snapshot of the different speeds and approaches to broadband in the UK, look no further than this week’s Broadband Rollout Roundup. We’ve got everything from wireless 10 Gigabit broadband to naming more than 600,000 exchanges which will get their first taste of up-to-20Mbps broadband over the next 12 months.
This is Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending May 25, 2012.
Metronet UK this week switched on its latest network expansion, with up-to-10Gbps services arriving in Macclesfield.
The services are business-oriented and use a combination of point-to-point microwave and high speed radio connections.
Metronet says it can also install its systems much faster than BT or Virgin, because it doesn’t have to dig up roads to reach its customers.
Some 42,000 homes and businesses in Jersey are set to benefit from an island-wide fibre-optic broadband network capable of up to 1Gbps.
The island’s 97,000 residents will completely replace the old copper phone network with optical fibre, with a £40m investment from the island’s government and Jersey Telecom.
Services will include a ‘basic’ 100Mbps down, 20Mbps up connection and a £60/month 1Gbps download top tier with 100Mbps uploads.
More than ¾ million homes to get faster up-to-20Mbps by Spring 2013
With so much attention focussed on super-fast broadband, it’s easy to remember that just getting into the up-to-20Mbps league is a boost for many communities.
This week BT Openreach announced that 762,000 homes and businesses will be able to get ‘faster’ broadband by Spring 2013.
For many areas, this paves the way to super-fast speeds above 24Mbps as their local authorities complete their own broadband upgrade plans.
The upgraded areas will also be able to get a better choice of broadband providers when their time comes:
- Berkshire: 7,000 – Pangbourne and Wargrave
- Buckinghamshire: 21,000 – Naphill, Penn, Radnage, Steeple Claydon, Wing and Iver
- County Durham: 13,600 – Cockfield, Frosterley and Seaham
- Cumbria: 61,200 – Arnside, Barrow-in-Furness, Brampton, Cleator Moor, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport, Walney Island, Wetheral and Windermere
- East Sussex: 19,000 – Heathfield, Herstmonceux, Peacehaven and Pevensey Marina
- Hampshire: 15,000 – Cadnam, Fair Oak, Sway, Wallop and Alton Bentley
- Herefordshire: 2,000 – Burghill
- Isle of Wight: 1,400 – Yarmouth
- Lancashire: 22,300 – Forton, Hest Bank, Knott End-on-Sea, Longridge, Parbold, Turton, Whitworth and Upholland
- Kent: 33,000 – Benenden, Boughton, Brenchley, Chestfield, Langton, Leysdown, Lyminge, Minster Ramsgate, Otham, Sevington, Shorne, Sturry, Wingham and West Kingsdown
- Merseyside: 8,700 – Billinge and Birkenhead
- Milton Keynes: 5,200 – Woburn Sands
- Northumberland: 22,500 – Morpeth, Prudhoe and Seaton Delaval
- Oxfordshire: 6,000 – Burford, Steeple Aston and Checkendon
- Scotland: 124,000 – Bo’ness, Brechin, Dumbarton, Elgin, Fochabers, Lockerbie, Scone and Tillicoultry
- Shropshire: 5,200 – Cleobury Mortimer and Wem
- South West England: 172,000 – Berkeley, Clevedon, Limpley Stoke, Lulsgate, Radstock, Tetbury and Westbury-on-Trym
- Staffordshire: 5,100 – Brewood, Madeley and Weston
- Surrey: 6,500 – Frensham and Wentworth
- Warwickshire: 2,700 – Lapworth
- West Sussex: 14,000 – Eastergate, Lindfield, Petworth, West Chiltington and Yapton
- Wales: 101,000 – Aberkenfig, Dinas Powys, Fishguard, Llanwern, Magor, Abersoch, Hay-on-Wye, Llangefni and St Asaph
- Worcestershire: 4,600 – Tenbury Wells and Wolverley
- Yorkshire and the Humber: 89,000 – Pateley Bridge, Great Ayton, Watton, Bubwith, Askern and Hipperholme.
One of England’s smallest broadband rollouts shows just how hard it’s going to be for big government plans to meet the needs of remote communities.
Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire has just 140 permanent residents, who can now get 10-12Mbps connections via a wireless broadband system.
The connection is brought in from Whitby, seven miles away, via a daisy-chain of towers, until it reaches the small seaside community.
The project has been funded by the Department of Farming and Rural Affairs through its Rural Development programme, and high speed internet provider NYnet.