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Old March 8th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #81
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Councils meet first superfast broadband deadline
All but two local authorities have met government deadlines to submit plans to roll out superfast broadband.

North Tyneside and South Tyneside were the only local authorities that failed to produce plans on time for taking superfast broadband to homes and businesses in their area.

The government has allocated money from a £530m fund to each local authority in England to help provide 90% of homes and businesses with superfast broadband access and everyone with access to at least 2Mbps.

Local authorities need to match the funding from the central allocation pot. But the expectation is that most will need to use funds from their own reserves or get grants from Europe, rather than raising private sector investment.

Of a total of 45 projects broadband projects underway, 18 have been approved with the remainder to be approved by the end of April.

The government will look at running a national project covering any areas that fail to meet the timetable.

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt said: “We set a demanding timetable and I’m pleased that we are making such fast progress. Virtually every local authority is on track to roll out superfast broadband. But we cannot afford to relax - we must continue to drive forward with taking superfast broadband to all areas of the UK.”

The areas said they will find 90% superfast broadband coverage through other means and have expressed no interest in using their allocated funding to go further



What is disconcerting is the figure allocated to Gt Manchester..

Broadband investment in England

Area Investment allocation
Bedfordshire £1m
Berkshire £1.4m
Buckinghamshire £2.1m
Cambridgeshire £6.8m
Cheshire £3.2m
Cumbria £17.1
Derbyshire £7.4m
Devon and Somerset £31m
Dorset £9.4m
Durham £7.8m
East Sussex £10.6m
Essex £6.5m
Gloucestershire £8.1m
Greater Manchester £0.99m
Hampshire and Isle of Wight £8.2m
Herefordshire £6.3m
Hertfordshire £1.1m
Humber £8.5m
Kent £9.8m
Lancashire £10.8m
Leicestershire £3.8m
Lincolnshire £14.3m
Merseyside £5.7m
Norfolk £15.4m
Northamptonshire £4.1m
Northumberland £7m
North Yorkshire £18m
Nottinghamshire £4.2m
Oxfordshire £3.7m
Shropshire £8.2m
Staffordshire £7.4m
Suffolk £11.7m
Surrey £1.3m
Tees Valley £0.7m
Tyne and Wear £3.4m
Warwickshire £4m
West of England £1.3m
West Midlands £0.6m
West Sussex £6.3m
West Yorkshire £6.3m
Wiltshire £4.9m
Worcestershire £3.6m

Gt Manchester has one of the lowest allocations of funding...

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I guess because the infrastructure is already there in the big cities, look at WM - £0.6m

Obviously, the more rural and sparse areas would need more investment, hence why Cumbria, North Yorks, Devon & Somerset get the lions share.
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I guess because the infrastructure is already there in the big cities, look at WM - £0.6m

Obviously, the more rural and sparse areas would need more investment, hence why Cumbria, North Yorks, Devon & Somerset get the lions share.
Is that for sure?
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Just to show just how little that government money will do. Virgin have invested over £13,000,000,000 in their communication and fibre lines. All of it private money. I'm sure BT are also investing £billions but thats also likely be private money. £0.99 seems a very limited amount of money. To a point it doesn't seem worth applying for it.
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UPD2 BT Confirm UK Launch Date for 80Mbps Superfast FTTC Broadband Upgrade

BTOpenreach, which is responsible for providing UK ISPs with equal access to BT’s local and national telecoms and internet infrastructure, has confirmed that its new ‘up to’ 80Mbps (Megabits per second – download speed) superfast Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) broadband speed upgrade will officially be introduced from “early” April 2012. The maximum upload speeds will also rise to 20Mbps.

The move is by no means a surprise as it coincides perfectly with the end of the 80Mbps trial period and, given the absence of any significant technical woes, there was no reason to delay. At present most ISP FTTC services, such as BT-Infinity, top out at a maximum of 40Mbps but this can be doubled by increasing the technology’s spectrum allocation (from 7MHz to 17MHz) within the Access Network Frequency Plan (ANFP).

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Mike Galvin, Openreach’s MD of Network Investment, said:

“We said we would double fibre speeds by this Spring and this is exactly what we have done. This is a significant milestone both for Openreach’s fibre network and for broadband speeds in the UK. The faster speeds will be available in a month’s time and so it is now up to broadband providers to decide how and when they offer these faster speeds to their customers. The platform is there and we are confident there will be demand for these enhanced services.”
At present BT’s new £2.5bn superfast broadband platform (FTTC / FTTP) is available to more than 7 million homes and businesses (it will reach about 40% of homes by the end of this year). The official plan is for the service to reach around 66% of UK premises by the end of 2014, although in theory it could reach 90% depending upon the somewhat controversial allocation of public funding from the government’s Broadband Deliver UK (BDUK) office.

It’s important to point out that FTTC is still a distance dependent technology, which means that it gets slower the further you are away from your local street cabinet (not exchange). Luckily most people live close enough to benefit but it can still leave many feeling excluded from similar upgrades.

On the flip side not all modems and routers will be able to cope with the new speed, which is a problem that we’ve seen crop up before (e.g. slower Wi-Fi kit bogging down the fixed line connectivity). One somewhat unofficial test is to check and see if your router can handle Gigabit Ethernet, if it can then you’ll probably be fine (so long as the N spec WiFi is able to keep pace too).

UPDATE 4:00pm

Note: The 80Mbps upgrade, once offered by your ISP, will be immediately available wherever BT’s FTTC service has already gone (no rollout period).

The actual launch date is also effective 10th April 2012. Further details can be found here:

http://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home...…./nga00612.do

UPDATE 4:33pm

TalkTalk are the first to announce a related package and price


So more ISP are now entering the race!

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Manchester unveils ambitious plans for digital city

Manchester City Council's ten point plan to make the city a world leader in digital technology


MANCHESTER City Council has revealed a ten point plan to ensure it is one of the world's foremost digital cities by 2020, by promoting economic growth and ensuring residents have the skills to benefit from it.

The ambitious plans will 'cement Manchester's well established reputation in the digital world' and 'expand on the impressive progress made since the most recent Digital Strategy published in 2008'.

Manchester is already a force on the digital world stage with the city council spearheading innovation in the digital and creative sector helping build the UK ’s largest digital economy outside the capital

The initiative aims to provide 100% fast broadband coverage, WiFi in all public spaces, promote growth within the digital sector and provide education to ensure the public can make the most of these opportunities.

According to the council: “Manchester's ten point plan will drive the Council's digital priorities and move the city forward rapidly as an example of best practice on a national and international stage.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is already a force on the digital world stage with the city council spearheading innovation in the digital and creative sector helping build the UK's largest digital economy outside the capital.

“This digital strategy is essential for building on that success and ensuring that Manchester benefits from the potential of improved technologies and make sure that our residents are in the best position possible to take advantage of the jobs created as a result.”

Currently only 74% of the city's residents are broadband connected and the council believes that, by failing to use the technology to its full potential, businesses are ‘inhibiting their chances of growth and future job creation’.

The council added: “A digital city requires the city council to embrace new technologies and maximise data that is openly available online to encouraging residents and businesses to access services and contact the council digitally.

“The next step is to work with partners across the city to produce a delivery plan for the strategy in order to fulfil the ambitious plans of developing a truly digital city and become a world leader by 2020.”

Below is a more detailed summary of the council’s ten point plan, taken from the press release:

Access and connectivity

Connected Citizens – to ensure 100 per cent fast broadband coverage and Wi-Fi in all public spaces.

Connected Businesses – to ensure businesses have access to fast broadband and support with advice or financial assistance to best exploit it.

Connected Manchester – deliver a more co-ordinated partnership between the public and private sector to promote digital Manchester to attract new business.

Engagement

Digital Skills – to ensure digital excellence at all ages through quality digital education at all levels to support people in gaining the skills to get future jobs and promote the benefit of 'going digital'.

Social City – create a digitally embracing City Council by fully utilising digital opportunities; including social media, advanced website and further exploit mobile technologies with content, advertising and apps.

Digital Reform – encourage and enable more people to become digitally savvy and grow to be self-service customers – increasing their digital potential and helping to deliver efficiencies within the council.

Industry

Economic Growth – stimulate the creative and digital sector by encouraging investment and increase skill development from an early age to maximise the potential of our home-grown talent.

Place

Digital Place – the essential link between technology, residents and the city –from advertising and transport information to route finding – the city's physical infrastructure must be inextricably linked to digital technologies.

Leadership

Digital Investment / Resources - to exploit investment opportunities, both public and private to accelerate our digital ambition.

Digital Leadership – to achieve a truly digital city by co-ordinating all city strategies from transport and health to education and public services and develop a joined up digital Manchester.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #87
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More SFBB promised with two more areas in the Greater Manchester and Salford areas lined up...
these being Eccles and Horwich

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BT has announced the locations of 73 more exchanges which are to be upgraded with fibre optic broadband using its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology.

The work is estimated to be completed in around a year’s time and will eventually provide super-fast broadband to over 700,000 homes and businesses throughout the country, including 150,000 in Scotland.

BT also recently unveiled plans to upgrade the speed of its fibre optic service, enabling downloads at up to 80Mb. TalkTalk will also be offering the faster service to its fibre broadband customers. Provided this update is carried out next month as planned the turbo-boosted connections will hopefully be immediately available to customers at newly enabled exchanges once they’re up and running

Unfortunately it appears none of the 73 exchanges will initially be setup for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) which is shortly to offer speeds of 330Mb.

FTTP eliminates copper lines entirely and brings fibre right up to properties so the quoted download speeds should be what you actually receive. There are even plans to trial 1Gb FTTP, just in case you feel like downloading the entire internet in a day. However it is an on-demand service and installation costs are high making it an unrealistic proposition for the average home user. BT’s plan is to bring FTTC to a vast majority of the country and serve FTTP to a smaller percentage, mainly small businesses.


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So at last it appears we are going to get a world class SBB offering...

Super-connected cities announced in Budget by Chancellor
Four of the cities from the ten super-connected cities lottery were already known, in the form of the four national capitals, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
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The 2012 Budget had the Chancellor announce the remaining winning cities shortly after 1pm on Wednesday 21st March 2012, which are Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
A further £50m of funding was announced to be shared amongst some of the smaller cities, though we will have to wait until we can analyse the full Treasury document to comment more on this.

Broadband has obviously clawed its way up the priority list, being mentioned as one of the key infrastructure projects that the UK needs to spend money on. This is particularly the case with the need to boost our levels of exports abroad.

While some rough detail had been announced by the bidding cities, we should now find out more about what their plans are and in particular how much of an impact this £100m split ten ways will have. Ultra-fast broadband for all in cities would be a nice goal, but until we know the full plans it is hard to be too enthusiastic, as to whether the funding will provide 100 Mbps or faster full fibre to the premises, or are we looking at services that will still concentrate on pushing VDSL2 ever closer to the physical limits of the copper local loop.

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Old March 21st, 2012, 10:06 PM   #89
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Manchester homes to get 'ultrafast broadband'


Chancellor George Osborne announced that the city would be given £12m to become a "super-connected" city.

The Manchester Digital City bid aims to offer the service to 224,000 homes and 11,000 businesses initially.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said it would go towards the "aim to be one of the world's top 20 digitial cities by 2020".

The bid includes provision for tackling digital exclusion issues in the city, allowing areas where the private sector has been reluctant to invest to benefit from broadband.

A council spokesman said 74% of the city's residents could access broadband, with take-up "particularly low in communities such as Wythenshawe and east Manchester".

He said the money would help "spread the advantages of ultrafast broadband".

'Economic growth'

Manchester was one of 10 cities to benefit from a £100m pot of Treasury cash aimed at making them "super-connected" in Mr Osborne's budget announcement.

The super-connected cities were first announced in Mr Osborne's autumn statement when he pledged money to create 100Mbps (megabit per second) citywide networks in 10 urban areas.

Manchester Digital City will see additional funding offered by the council to small and medium businesses wanting faster connectivity.

Sir Richard said the package would promote "social inclusion and economic growth, particularly in the digital and media industries".

"We've repeatedly stressed the importance of improved transport infrastructure to the city's future, but leading edge digital connectivity is every bit as essential," he said.

"We aim to be one of the world's top 20 digital cities by 2020 and this funding will help propel us along that path."


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What is the cheapest broadband available?

Are you getting the best deal on your broadband internet? With so many companies claiming to offer the fastest speeds with the largest data limits, and always at the cheapest price, it can be hard to accurately compare broadband rates and see the wood for the trees. But on the flipside, so much competition means that getting a good, reliable broadband internet service has actually never been cheaper.
It’s never too late to try and cut your household outgoings by decreasing your bills and with email and the internet now an essential part of many people’s work and social lives simply not having internet sadly often isn’t an option. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this list of the five best value broadband deals available in the UK right now.


1. Plusnet Value Broadband


When you think of modern technology, Yorkshire might not exactly be the first place that pops into your head, but Plusnet are changing all that. Their value broadband service is unbeatable at the moment. Including free wireless router, unlimited downloads between 12am + 8am and speeds of up to 20MB, all for only £6.49 a month over 12 months, it’s definitely worth consideration.


2. O2 Broadband: The Basics


If you’re after no nonsense broadband that does exactly what it says on the tin then this package could be for you. Coming in at a staggering £3.50 a month over 12 months, that still includes speeds of up to 20MB and 20GB of downloads, plus a wireless router. The only tag here is that you’ve got to be an existing O2 customer for another service to benefit.


3. BE Value


A relative newcomer on the broadband scene, BE’s value package is another great value deal, and their reliable service has made them increasingly popular. Speeds are a little lower than others at 12MB for the £17 monthly price-tag, but they do offer unlimited downloads and unlimited usage which is perfect for movie and music lovers alike.


4. Virgin Media XL Broadband


Virgin has long been at the top of the tree when it comes to good value high street ISP’s and this deal is no different. Costing a more pricey £22.50, this deal does pack a punch, with high speed fibre optic broadband offering up to 30MB speeds (The fastest in the UK), plus unlimited downloads. What’s more you won’t have to pay for a BT phone line connection. One for the true online-lovers.


5. Orange Simply Broadband


Orange customers look out for this great value exclusive deal that includes home phone package! For only £12.75 a month you’ll get up to 20MB broadband with unlimited usage, plus unlimited evening and weekend calls on your landline. Wireless router comes free as standard, but slightly less standard is the £40 Sainsbury’s voucher they’re offering to new subscribers. Delicious all round.

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I think what MEN have failed,to hightlight is in most cases "you only get what you pay for" my experience of one of the above was nothing short of appalling.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 02:47 PM   #91
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Just in case you are thinking of changing ISP here`s the Pick of the Tops speed wise for Mar 2012....

The latest anecdotal monthly consumer broadband ISP speed testing results from Broadband.co.uk, which covers the month of March 2012, reveals that the average UK internet download speed has shot up from 8.210Mbps (Megabits per second) during January 2012 to 10.731Mbps now.

The average broadband upload speed has also increased from 1.313Mbps in January 2012 to 1.482Mbps now. Meanwhile it will come as little surprise that Virgin Media is still the fastest overall broadband ISP in the UK, achieving impressive download speeds of 19.633Mbps (up from 15.331Mbps in Jan 2012) and uploads of 2.476Mbps (virtually unchanged from 2.463Mbps in Jan 2012).

As usual only BT and Eclipse Internet, which remain dominated by their slower ADSL2+ services, can even get close and that’s largely thanks to the growing adoption of their superfast broadband (FTTC etc.) packages (many of the other ISPs still lack superfast options).

Top 9 UK ISPs – Download Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. Virgin Media – 19.633Mbps
2. Eclipse Internet – 11.512Mbps
3. BT – 9.466Mbps
4. PlusNet – 7.269Mbps
5. O2 ( Be Broadband ) – 6.075Mbps
6. Sky Broadband – 5.766Mbps
7. AOL – 5.733Mbps
8. TalkTalk (Tiscali) – 5.282Mbps
9. Orange UK – 4.101Mbps

Top 9 UK ISPs – Upload Speed (Megabits/sec)
1. Virgin Media – 2.476Mbps
2. Eclipse Internet – 1.774Mbps
3. BT – 1.753Mbps
4. PlusNet – 0.897Mbps
5. O2 ( Be Broadband ) – 0.875Mbps
6. AOL – 0.770Mbps
7. Sky Broadband – 0.650Mbps
8. TalkTalk (Tiscali) – 0.594Mbps
9. Orange UK – 0.566Mbps

Typically readers should take anecdotal data like this with a huge pinch of salt. Every home is different and performance can be affected by all sorts of things, most of which are beyond an ISPs control. We do not consider the above to be a reliable barometer for individual users but it can help to reflect overall market changes.

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Looks like BT are fighting back...

BT Infinity doubling speeds to 76Mbps for free tomorrow

What's infinity times two? If you're on BT broadband you're about to find out: BT Infinity is doubling its speeds from tomorrow -- for free.

To be precise, the BT Infinity 2 package goes up to 76Mbps from the current 38Mbps, with upload speeds boosted to 9.5Mbps from 1.9Mbps.

BT says it's also improving BT Infinity 1 upstream speeds by up to five times. Those are some pretty generous boosts -- but as always we must point out that those are theoretical maximum speeds. The actual rates you receive depend on where you are, what time it is, how hungry you are, whether the moon is in Capricorn, the polarity of the neutron flow and whether there's an unexpected item in the bagging area.

Currently BT zaps data through fibre optic cables until it reaches your house, where the last bit is via slower copper wire. That Fibre to the Cabinet network will be superceded by BT's hotly-anticpated new Fibre to the Premises network next year, when the optical fibre shoots all the way into your house and right up your nostrils, injecting the Internet directly into your brainbits at up to 300Mbps.

The increased speeds require a new contract, even if you're an existing customer. If you're new to BT you'll get the new speeds straight away, and if you already have BT Infinity you need to sign a new contract to feel the benefit, starting the clock again on the time you're locked into BT.

We like to hear this kind of news from Internet service providers, but as always, results will vary. A whopping three-quarters of us are unhappy with our broadband, with speeds fluctuating by as much as a third at different times of the day. The good news is cheaper broadband looks likely as Ofcom aims to cap BT's charges.


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If any forummers are with BT Inifinity let us know if you are getting these new speeds and how fast.
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Looks like we have a new boy on the block....

John Lewis launches premium broadband service

John Lewis has today announced it is launching its own broadband service, and is hoping to differentiate itself with the same high standard of customer service offered by its retail outlets.

The British retailer already has a great reputation for its customer service and price-match guarantee, though it does not appear to be too concerned about competing in the value stakes when it comes to its broadband offering.

John Lewis Broadband will be replacing Green Bee and Waitrose so existing customers will soon be moved across, but there are also three packages for newcomers: standard, unlimited and fibre.

Standard gives 20GB of downloads for £11 per month, plus an additional £13.50 for line rental, while Unlimited claims to offer a completely unrestricted service for £18 plus line rental. If you’re in a fibre enabled area you can pay £25 plus line rental which includes 100GB downloads.

John Lewis is quoting speeds of up to 16MB for the ADSL services and 38MB for its fibre option.

Although the price is higher than some providers John Lewis does include a wireless router, no set-up fees and 24/7 freephone support. John Lewis Telecoms Manager Adam Brown said: “This move complements the range of services and products we offer - over 80 per cent of all our consumer electronics sales are WiFi enabled and we know our customers want the same honest and trustworthy experience from their internet provision as they would expect from any product they buy from us.”

While the cost may not compare to the low price of ISPs such as TalkTalk and Sky, the unlimited option does still deliver good value. According to the FAQs traffic management is used on file sharing and other activities but otherwise £18 a month is reasonable for an all-you-can-eat package.

John Lewis Broadband is available now, find out more at www.johnlewisbroadband.com.

Looks like interesting times ahead in BB arena.

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If any forummers are with BT Inifinity let us know if you are getting these new speeds and how fast.
I had BT Infintiy installed yesterday. Will report on the speed tomorrow.

It is noticeably faster, but doesn't feel 'super'.
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Let us know..I`ve just gone over to BT BB from Orange...so far so good, quite a bit faster, and the switch over for telephone and BB went very smoothly (yes I was expecting the worse)
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I had BT Infintiy installed yesterday. Will report on the speed tomorrow.

It is noticeably faster, but doesn't feel 'super'.
I'm on BT Infinity Option 2 but I'm still getting usual speeds of up to 37 Mb/s so no automatic upgrade there. Guess I'll need to resign for the higher speed but interestingly not had any direct marketing material as yet.
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37 Mbps!!! if only...my exchange has now been Inifinity enabled but not sign of a green cabinet yet
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As promised



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ohhhhhhhhhhhh... and ...hows it going?
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18? not bad, not bad. How far from your exchange are you?

For those that are in the salford quays area - they've recently upgraded the trafford park exchange to fibre, so I imagine they'll start rolling this out to street cabinets (which will be when we can actually get it) soon.

I'll post this in the SQ thread too.
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