Superfast Broadband For Kent

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Kent County Council has signed a £39.47m contract with BT to supply high-speed fibre broadband across Kent. At least 95% of properties in Kent will have access to higher-speed fibre broadband by the end of 2015 (with 91% having access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above) – and every property in the project area … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Northamptonshire

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Northamptonshire County Council has signed a contract with BT to provide superfast broadband services across the county. 91% of premises across the county are expected to be connected to fibre broadband by September 2015 of which 90% can expect to have access to speeds of more than 24 Mbps.  The project total of £16.2 million … Read more

Average UK Download Speed Reaches 12 Mbps

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Today, Ofcom published its latest report on UK broadband speeds. As of November 2012, the average actual download speed of a UK fixed broadband connection was 12.0 Mbps. This is 3.1 Mbps (34%) higher than the 9.0 Mbps average recorded in May 2012, and 8.4 Mbps (234%) faster than the 3.6 Mbps average in November … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire County Council has signed a contract with BT to provide fibre-based broadband so that at least 88% of premises will have access to superfast broadband by April 2016. At least 94% of premises should have access to fibre broadband by April 2016. The project will utilise £48 million of public and private funding, with £18.8 … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Cornwall

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Superfast Cornwall, a partnership between the European Union, BT and Cornwall Council was launched in 2010. Using up to £78.5 million from BT and up to £53.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund, the £132 million programme’s initial aim was to make fibre broadband available to at least 80 per cent of Cornish homes … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Cambridgeshire

Good news for people living in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. On March 8th 2013, Cambridgeshire County Council signed a contract with BT to bring fibre-based broadband to 98% of homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by the end of 2015. Superfast speeds of at least 24 Mbps will be available to more than 90% of … Read more

Superfast Broadband For Wiltshire

On 30th January 2013, Wiltshire Council in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council awarded a contract to BT to provide superfast broadband. 91% of all premises will be able to access superfast broadband (with speeds greater than 24 Mbps) by March 2016. The total investment is £35.6m, with £4.6m from BDUK, £2m from South Gloucestershire Council, £15.5m … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Devon and Somerset

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On the 29th January 2013, Connecting Devon and Somerset agreed a deal with BT to deliver high-speed fibre broadband to around 90% of premises by the end of 2016 and to ensure a minimum of 2 Mbps broadband speeds for all. Average speeds are currently around 9 Mbps in Devon and around 8 Mbps in … Read more

Superfast Broadband For Suffolk

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On December 21st 2012, Suffolk County Council signed a £40m contract with BT for superfast broadband. Around 9 out of 10 (i.e. 90% of) Suffolk properties will be able to access fibre-based broadband by the end of 2015. Over 80% of properties will have access to superfast coverage with speeds of 24 Mbps or more. … Read more

Superfast Broadband For Norfolk

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On Friday 21st December 2012, a deal was signed between Norfolk County Council and BT to bring superfast broadband to homes and businesses in Norfolk. Over 80% of Norfolk’s homes and businesses are expected to be able to access superfast broadband services (24 Mbps and above) by autumn 2015. Total investment in the project is … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Herefordshire and Gloucestershire

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Hereford and Gloucestershire became the first counties to launch a joint bid to bring fibre to rural areas. 9 in 10 homes and businesses will have access to fibre. The project will be completed by the end of 2016. The project value is £56.6m, with contributions from BDUK (£18.17m), BT (£20.9m), Herefordshire Council (£10.1m) and … Read more

Bonded ADSL Much Cheaper than a Leased Line

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Updated February 2021. In areas where superfast or ultrafast broadband is not available, telecom suppliers often point businesses in need of reliable high-speed Internet access towards leased lines, particularly in areas where superfast broadband is not available. However, leased lines can be very expensive and bonded ADSL can potentially provide a much cheaper alternative. A leased … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Cumbria

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Cumbria County Council has signed a £51m contract with BT. Fibre broadband is set to become available to 93% of Cumbria homes and businesses by the end of 2015. BT will contribute £15m to the project, with further contributions from BDUK (£17.1m), the European Regional Development Fund (£13.7m) and a Performance Reward Grant from all … Read more

Chart of ADSL and ADSL2+ Speed Versus Line Loss

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Updated: February 2021. While ISPs used to advertise ADSL2+ and ADSL services as having maximum downlink connection speeds of 24 Mbps and 8 Mbps, respectively, few broadband users achieve such speeds. Broadband signals from the exchange suffer attenuation as they travels along the cable from the exchange to your broadband modem, reducing the speeds that … Read more

Quick and Free Way to Test if a Filtered Faceplate Will Improve Your Broadband

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Updated February 2021. Before spending any money, here is a quick, painless and completely free method to determine if a filtered faceplate will improve your broadband connection. It works for standard broadband (ADSL/ADSL2+) and fibre broadband (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet – FTTC) connections. First, you should baseline your broadband connection, and determine the connection speed of your link. … Read more

County Councils Start to Announce Superfast Broadband Plans

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For those suffering from slow broadband speeds or unreliable service, superfast broadband could not come too soon, particularly for many rural users. This week, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said that up to a fifth of people in rural areas still do not have adequate broadband services. BT has previously announced that it … Read more

Fibre Broadband For Surrey

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Surrey County Council has signed a £32.8m contract with BT to deliver superfast broadband infrastructure across Surrey by the end of 2014. BT’s fibre network will be extended to reach 99.7% of homes and businesses in Surrey. £20m is to be invested by Surrey County Council with a further £11.8m and £1.31m contributed by BT … Read more

Superfast Broadband for Everyone by 2020

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For those struggling with slow broadband speeds, there is hope on the horizon, although it will take until 2020 for superfast broadband to reach everyone in the UK. The European Commission has the target of achieving superfast broadband speeds of at least 30 Mbps in every household in Europe by 2020, with 100 Mbps achieved … Read more