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Roads, Rivers and Railways: Broadband Rollout Roundup 02/02/2013

There’s been plenty of big announcements to write home about this week, not least the news that BT’s been tasked with rolling out superfast connections to the majority of places in (deep breath) Devon, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as well as getting on with everything else on its plate.

Without further preamble, here’s Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending February 02, 2013.

Roads, Rivers and Railways: Broadband Rollout Roundup 02/02/2013

Bristol gets a fibre boost from BT, more than 9,500 premises in Bishopsworth

Bishopsworth residents can finally plug in to faster FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband speeds.

By the end of 2013, it’s expected that 116,000 homes and businesses in Bristol will be able to benefit from both FTTC and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband.

WiFi washes over the waters of the River Thames thanks to Global Reach

You can’t go anywhere in London these days without bumping into a public WiFi network it seems.

As well as helping out Virgin Media with its extensive London Underground WiFi network, Global Reach has been busy setting up WiFi coverage for a 27 mile (43 kilometre) stretch of the river as well as installing WiFi access points on 24 Thames Clipper ferries – useful for when you’re en route to the O2. 

The work isn’t expected to be completed ’til later this Spring, but it’s not as if Londoners are starved for public WiFi right now. Speaking of which…

Virgin Media WiFi now extends to 103 London Underground stations

Virgin Media’s subterranean wireless broadband can now be accessed in over 100 stations – 103 to be exact. This week, Blackhorse Road, Gloucester Road, Great Portland Street, Hampstead, Hammersmith (District & Piccadilly), Highbury & Islington, Kentish Town, Redbridge, South Wimbledon, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway all climbed aboard the WiFi train.

A total of 120 stations will eventually be connected to the network which is free to Virgin Media, EE and Vodafone punters and available on a pay-as-you-go Oyster Card-style tariff to everyone else – £2 for a day, £5 for a week and £15 for a month.

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