Find out which rural IW communities will benefit from high speed broadband first

The first communities set to benefit from the multi-million pound rural fibre broadband partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and BT, were announced today (Monday).

Engineers fitting fibre

This in from the council, in their own words. Ed


Work to connect the first rural communities for the partnership on the Isle of Wight will commence shortly, enabling some customers to place orders for high speed fibre broadband during summer 2014.

The first communities to benefit from new rural fibre broadband infrastructure during the project’s first phase include parts of Shalfleet, Gurnard, Whippingham, Brighstone, Shorwell and Merstone.

As the project gathers pace and more areas are connected, the council will provide the latest information on its website. In addition, the website will detail all areas to be covered by the project via an interactive map.

High speed broadband for 20,000 premises
The overall project will have enabled around 20,000 premises in the largely rural parts of the Island to access high speed broadband when it is completed in the autumn of 2015, making the Island one of the best connected areas in the UK.

The multi-million pound partnership is jointly funded by the Isle of Wight Council, which is investing £2.4 million in the project to match the funding provided by the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Smart: “Supporting the Island’s connectivity to the mainland”
Councillor Shirley Smart, Isle of Wight Council Executive member for economy and tourism, said:

“This is an important investment for the council in supporting the Island’s connectivity to the mainland and indeed the world and as a springboard from which the Island’s economy can grow.”

“Homes and businesses in some of our towns are already seeing the benefits of superfast broadband and we are delighted that work is starting to connect the largely rural parts of the Island. Having fast internet speeds across the whole Island is not only vital to the success of our small businesses, it is also key to attracting inward investment, one of the council’s key priorities. In addition, this investment will help us as we look at innovative ways of delivering more council services online. This is very important as the council looks to make financial savings over the coming years.”

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, said:

“This is great news for the Isle of Wight. BT has committed £2.7 million to build and operate the network acrosss the Isle of Wight for the lifetime of the contract.

“Today’s announcement builds on BT’s commercial investment, which has already made fibre broadband available to around 49,000 premises, mainly in the Island’s towns. Faster broadband will also help local businesses grow, attracting inward investment and boosting the local economy.”

Choice of providers
The new fibre-based network is open to all broadband providers on an equal basis, so customers will have a choice of broadband suppliers. Households and businesses on the Isle of Wight will therefore benefit from a competitive market, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of broadband providers.

The technology will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently, whilst opening up a host of new learning and development opportunities for households.

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14 Comments on "Find out which rural IW communities will benefit from high speed broadband first"

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Colin

quote “The technology will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently, whilst opening up a host of new learning and development opportunities for households”

That sounds really good. What exactly does it mean and could you now give a tangible example of this.

Or is it all just rubbish?

ThomasC
I work from home a lot and use my connection to transfer large files for work etc etc. I have recently got Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) broadband. It makes a big difference to my working day. If you’re running a business that makes a lot of calls this opens up IP telephony which will drop calling costs. Everything to do with online communication is just easier.… Read more »
Cynic

It is a lie! Fibre-based broadband is not available in the largest rural village in the “Intervention Area” (Bembridge) and currently BT has “no plans to install it”.

TULSEVENT

I understood that fibre-based broadband was installed in the then two schools in Bembridge as far back as 2004/05.

ThomasC
Dedicated fibre runs have been around for a long time, but what the programme being run by the council and BT is delivering is increased residential and business broadband speeds that don’t require extremely expensive dedicated fibre installation to the property. These are generally delivered by running fibre to roadside cabinets and then using your current copper line in to your house/business premises to carry the broadband… Read more »
Cynic

(From BT Open Reach Website a few minutes ago)
Exchange Name: BEMBRIDGE
Status: Not currently in rollout plans

Latest speedcheck a minute ago
Down 16.09 MB/s
UP 0.76 Mb/s

ThomasC
So Bembridge isn’t in the first phase. With download speeds like that it could be you’re not a priority! I’m sure BT will get it sorted out in due course, or you could move somewhere nicer with better connectivity (like the areas in phase 1 of the roll out). Or wait. Open Reach’s DSL tester isn’t always accurate unfortunately, but it’s the best guide you’ll get. Our… Read more »
Cynic

Note- the pathetic 0.75Mb/s UPload (this check by SpeedAnalysis(dot)com.

( BT’s ownSpeedchecker shows 18.4 down and 1 Up)

beachy

I live in Bembridge to . I just did a speed check. Download 3.81 Mb/s Upload 0.57 Mb/s

Thats just rubbish how is a Bemberidge business supposed to operate with those speeds.

Cynic

My Bembridge speed check a few mins ago shows 18,53 down and 0.989 up.

BTW although in the suppposed Intervention Area there are no current BT plans to increase speeds as part of the Supafast (sic) project

beachy

I live in Bembridge to . I just did a speed check. Download 3.81 Mb/s Upload 0.57 Mb/s

What is more concerning is there was a 400 ping ….thats a lot of packet loss

milly

Isn’t this a waste of money and didn’t the council have to put some in?

Man in Black

I think the council contribution is over £3m isn’t it?

ThomasC
Something like £2.7m was put in by the IWC, which is funding FTTC roll-out to the intervention areas, which *might* not have happened if the funding wasn’t there. It’s a cash bung to BT, for work they probably would have done anyway, that IWC Council Tax payers are funding. It’s part of a national programme, which was opened up for tenders to a framework, but the other… Read more »