Friday 2 July 2021

Fibre broadband update - Live!

 As of 30th June the cabinet in the village has finally been enabled so those whose line goes through that hub can go for a 'Fibre to the cabinet' (FTTC) package - that is more or less default for most domestic broadband in the UK.
Most of the village might expect download speeds of up to 50-70mb which will be a huge change from about 5mb on good days.
Upload speed could be about 20mb which is also useful.

Unfortunately as you go further away speeds will decline but in reality it will depend on condition of lines and which route they take rather than an exact distance so it's best to see what the BT line checker says here. It is only an estimate ao it may work better - or worse - than they are able to guess remotely.

Other line checkers are (probably) available.

If it still doesn't offer much improvement the best option for faster Broadband is probably Moorsweb wifi who have offered a service for several months now. Most users are pleased with it but note due to the nature of radio links, some locations are harder than others to reach.

Must add a note it is hard to believe it is practically a year since the cabinet was installed - ever step since then seems to proceed at snails pace for no obvious reason.
Once the trunking was installed (January - hardest part) and fibre threaded through (April) you would not have expected it would still be weeks before it could actually be connected!
Nonetheless for a relatively small number of users it is good they have finally got it done.

What do you need to connect?
A router capable of connecting with VDSL rather than (only) ADSL - some do both.
You can google the model number or it may state VDSL on the case.
If you have a recent router you may not need to change anything it will just switch over on it's own once you ask to update.
If you need to get a newer router, a simple one is typically supplied free or at modest cost though some will buy or already own a more capable model. 

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