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  • 2011 June
    is the rural areas where the governments money is going to be needed to help get broadband connections made available Filed under Fibre broadband News Tags 2Mb broadband Government funding of universal broadband universal broadband Author Mark 4 11 pm Comments 0 June 15 2011 BT to pass 5 million homes with fibre broadband BT s www bt com fibre broadband network is to pass 5 million homes by the end of this month and BT have announced a further 66 exchanges that are set to be enabled with FTTC that will cover a further 1 million homes BT are undergoing a huge 2 5bn fibre broadband roll out across the country and have already got it installed in around 5 million UK homes with the roll out not set to slow down There are already plenty of other exchanges that are earmarked ready for upgrading to fibre and BT have released the names of 66 new exchanges that will also be included Some of these new exchanges will be upgraded by the end of this year but most will be being done during 2012 By the end of the roll out BT are aiming to have covered two thirds of UK homes with fibre by 2015 the majority are to be connected via FTTC Fibre To The Cabinet which currently offers broadband speeds up to 40Mb although speeds in future should be able to be increased Some other interesting facts about BT s 2 5bn fibre investment are that they are currently passing around 80 000 new premises per week By the end of the programme they will have installed 30 000 cabinets connecting 200 000 distribution points and enabled over 1 000 exchanges which will also mean they will need to lay over 50 000km of fibre Those wanting to sign up for fibre broadband can do so with BT at BT Infinity www bt com The list of the new exchanges are INVERKEITHING ABERDEEN ASHGROVE ABERDEEN DENBURN NAIRN CUMBERNAULD GLASGOW SCOTSTOUN SELLY OAK SUTTON COLDFIELD BURTON UPON TRENT LANGLEY MILL BRISTOL SOUTH STROUD ABERDARE STAFFORD EUSTON HOLBORN KINGS CROSS EDGBASTON ERDINGTON TILE HILL NORWICH DERBY WILLOWCROFT MORECAMBE CHILDWALL CRESSINGTON PARK SEFTON PARK STONEYCROFT WATERLOO BROUGHTON GREATER MANCHESTER DROYLSDEN RADCLIFFE WOODLEY GREATER MANCHESTER BRIDLINGTON BRIGHOUSE CLECKHEATON HAREHILLS HORSFORTH MELROSEGATE SKIPTON FOLKESTONE HASTINGS WESTGATE NEWCASTLE WEST EASTBOURNE BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN ADWICK LE STREET ARMTHORPE DONCASTER DONCASTER NORTH GREENHILL INTAKE LINCOLN ROSSINGTON WOODSEATS WORKSOP COWLEY EASTON BRISTOL REDCLIFFE BOURNEMOUTH SOUTHBOURNE WINTON WESTBOURNE LEEK BRIDGWATER WELLINGTON Filed under Fibre broadband Tags BT fibre broadband BT Fibre broadband roll out BT Infinity BT to pass 5 million homes with fibre broadband Fibre broadband Author Mark 9 46 am Comments 0 June 14 2011 National Express offer free wireless internet Passengers on National Express coaches between Stansted Airport and London are now able to use free Wi Fi internet access on their journey The Wi Fi technology that has been installed was from Icomera and has been installed into all the coaches that run on the Stansted Airport to London route This route has around 4 coaches per hour running and runs 24 7 and is one of National Expresses busiest routes Icomera s award winning Moovbox M200 is what has been installed and it connects to a T Mobile HSPA cellular broadband connection that it is then able to offer to passengers as a Wi Fi connection on board at speeds up to a few Mb per second The Stansted to London route is not the first route that National Express have installed the Moovbox on to with other services in Bournemouth Southampton and Gloucester having it installed already Dave Palmer from Icomera said With this Wi Fi deployment National Express has once again demonstrated their commitment to meeting the expectations of today s business and leisure travellers With millions of new Wi Fi enabled smartphones and tablet PCs being purchased every month the demand for reliable internet connectivity on the move is growing exponentially We are delighted to be supporting innovative customers like National Express in getting customers onboard and online This is great to see from companies such as National Express embracing technology and how important it is to allow customers even greater access to the internet on more parts of their journey With more and more smartphones and internet ready devices being sold we will hopefully see more and more companies embrace free wireless internet for customers Filed under Wireless Internet Tags National Express National Express free wi fi National Express offer free wireless internet Author Mark 9 54 am Comments 1 June 10 2011 4 million able to get 100Mb broadband from Virgin Media Virgin Media s 100Mb fibre broadband is now available to over 4 million UK homes with the rollout of this ultrafast broadband set to continue Virgin s fibre optic broadband network covers 13 million UK homes that by mid 2012 should hopefully all be covered by this 100Mb broadband that Virgin are rolling out Currently over 100 towns across the UK have access to this super fast network from Virgin Media Their fibre network consists of fibre optic cable to the street side cabinet and then a coaxial cable form there to the users home to help offer these super fast speeds Virgin are able to boast that this 100Mb fibre broadband service can offer broadband speeds up to 16 times faster than the UK average broadband speed reported by Ofcom in March to be 6 2Mb and will mean that it could take just 5 seconds to download a full music album a TV show in 30 seconds or a HD movie in 7 minutes Despite the big headline speeds the costs are still extremely competitive form Virgin with the 100Mb broadband available from Virgin for just 35 per month when taken with a phone line or for 45 when taken as a stand alone product Virgin are not looking to rest on their laurels with this headline package they are already trialling a

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  • 2011 May
    added to BT s network during the past year this included from rival broadband providers who use BT s network such as Sky and TalkTalk However 64 of those who signed up did so direct through BT s own broadband deals Ian Livingstone Chief Executive for BT said We have consolidated our position as the leading provider of broadband in the UK with our highest quarterly share of DSL broadband net additions for eight years Our roll out of super fast broadband is one of the most rapid in the world passing an average of 80 000 additional premises each week and we have plans to roughly double the speed of our fibre to the cabinet based service in 2012 Fibre broadband is the area that BT are investing heavily in over the next few years as they roll out their BT Infinity network to 66 of the UK Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband and where the future of broadband is going to be as customers need faster broadband connections that only fibre is able to deliver BT are investing 2 5bn between now and 2015 to roll out it s new fibre network which it will be looking at in future to provide even greater profits for the company going forward Currently they are adding around 80 000 premises per week to their fibre to the cabinet network which offers broadband speeds of around 40Mb BT do say that they plan to double these speeds in 2012 Filed under Fibre broadband Home Broadband News Tags BT add broadband customers and profits rise BT fourth quarter results BT s profits rise Author Mark 9 00 am Comments 0 May 10 2011 TalkTalk launch free HomeSafe for customers TalkTalk are launching HomeSafe a free malware and offensive website blocker for TalkTalk broadband customers TalkTalk are the first UK broadband provider that will be providing this service at a network level this means that unlike your usual security that is installed and controlled on your computer this HomeSafe security will be run on TalkTalks central computer system amd will in effect sit between the web and users individual home connections HomeSafe will come with 3 different features as security Virus Alerts a simple click will enable an alert system which blocks web pages infected with any kind of malware to protect customers computers and other devices KidsSafe parental controls allows the TalkTalk account holder to block the content they don t want to be accessed through their connection such as pornography violence and or gambling Homework Time this allows parents to block social networking sites like Facebook and online gaming which are common sources of distraction for school children from their homework The TalkTalk account holder is able to select which parts of the HomeSafe security they want to be enabled by default the services will be off and so TalkTalk customers will need to enable them as and when they want them The Commercial Director of TalkTalk Tristia Clarke said Our customers tell us that they couldn t imagine living without the internet now especially given how much their children rely on it for school work and social reasons but they still worry about the innate risks the internet brings with it In particular they re concerned about what sort of things their children could stumble across when they re surfing online This is especially important now that children are regularly using devices like phones and not just the main family PC to access the internet Our research found that 33 of children aged 12 17 use their mobile phones to surf social networking sites and 29 use it to instant message when at home HomeSafe is our answer to this Of course it s not a silver bullet and it doesn t absolve parents from the responsibility of knowing what their children are up to online But our research shows parents understand this They don t want their ISP to control what content they can or can t access online they just want their ISP to give them the power to implement settings that are right for their family That s what HomeSafe does and we believe it s the most comprehensive and effective internet security product available right now We ve spent a lot of time working with parents charities and other groups to get this product right and make it as user friendly as possible and we think it will appeal to people who want a safer internet experience for their family Filed under Home Broadband Tags HomeSafe TalkTalk broadband HomeSafe TalkTalk security TalkTlak free HomeSafe security Author Mark 10 02 am Comments 0 May 9 2011 BT recruiting ex armed forces personnel to deploy fibre broadband network BT are trying to recruit 200 ex armed forces personnel to help with the roll out of their next generation fibre broadband network BT Openreach has been working with the Career Transition Partnership CTP who offer training help and employment support for those who are leaving the armed forces Due to the skills of many armed service personnel BT Openreach feel that they will be able to fulfill many job roles that BT need to help facilitate their new high speed network rollout With a fast track programme in place many of the 200 new recruits will be able to start work by the end of May and help BT Openreach with their target of reaching two thirds of the UK with it s fibre network by 2015 The CEO of Openreach Olivia Garfield said It s fantastic that we ve been able to recruit so many ex armed services personnel These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full time employment with a generous reward package They are highly skilled motivated and disciplined and have experience of complex engineering tasks in challenging environments Our fast track recruitment programme should see the majority of them join us by the end of May

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  • 2011 April
    1 5GB broadband Fastest broadband trials in London Virgin Media broadband Virgin media trial worlds fastest broadband Author Mark 10 53 am Comments 0 April 15 2011 Fujitsu looking to build UK fibre network Plans by Fujitsu to bring fibre broadband to the final third of the UK are up in the air due to BTs prices and while they wait to see if they can get 500 million of funding from the government Fujitsu Virgin Media TalkTalk and Cisco are looking to create a joint venture that will roll out a fibre network to around the 5 million homes in the UK that BT won t be covering The project would see Fujitsu looking to invest between 1 5bn 2bn but they would be looking for the government to open it s purse and give around 500 million Although the government see this as exactly the type of project that they are looking for to help roll out fibre broadband across the UK they will also be aware that they have only been allocated 530m to help fund further private sector investment If Fujitsu gets it s investment then it will only leave 30m left for other projects to take place The managing director of network solutions at Fujitsu Andy Stevenson told the BBC Assuming we are successful we would hope to add our first retail customer in 2012 and reach 5 million in three to five years Having a project that brings various together industry leaders is certainly a very positive step for the UK and it would be great to add even more competition to the UK communications market and have a large rival to BTs network In a letter sent to Ed Vaizey the communications minister earlier this month called for action to be taken on the prices BT charges for access to it s underground ducts and poles These prices are another stopping point for Fujitsu who will be wanting therse prices to be reduced to make the project more feasible for them Filed under News Tags Fujitsu fibre broadband Fujitsu looking to build UK fibre network Author Mark 9 13 am Comments 0 April 12 2011 Quarter of a million on superfast broadband Superfast broadband lines are set to pass 250 000 this month according to Point Topic com Superfast broadband speeds are classed as those that are in excess of 25Mb and are most likely delivered via fibre broadband The quarter of a million is actually an estimate based on detailed figures that Point Topic had for the end of 2010 At that time it showed that there were 175 000 superfast broadband lines in use with 118 000 of them with Virgin Media customers 54 000 on the BT network and around 3 000 on alternative networks The estimate was that going forward that these figures would reach 236 000 superfast broadband lines by the end of March and meant that in April the quarter of a million lines would be reached

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  • 2011 March
    of places that are currently enabled to receive the 100Mb fibre broadband from Virgin Media are Barrhead Renfrewshire Barry South Wales Bedford Bedfordshire Canniesburn Scotland Cardiff Wales Cheshunt Hertfordshire Colchester Essex Cwmbran South Wales Dunstable Bedfordshire Ely Cambridgeshire Enfield Greater London Epsom Surrey Farnborough Hampshire Gorseinon Wales Grantham Lincolnshire Greenock Scotland Guildford Surrey Hatfield Hertfordshire Heckmondwike West Yorkshire Hinckley Leicestershire Leatherhead Surrey Nailsea Somerset Pentwyn South Wales Port Talbot South Wales Refrew Renfrewshire Rotherham South Yorkshire Sketty South Wales Southport Merseyside St Mellons South Wales Stevenage Cambridgeshire Stockport Greater Manchester Telford Shropshire Treforest South Wales Trowbridge Wiltshire Wardley Greater Manchester Filed under Fibre broadband News Tags 1 million get 100Mb broadband 100Mb broadband Cable broadband Virgin 100Mb broadband Virgin Media Author Mark 2 29 pm Comments 0 March 15 2011 Internet is three times more popular than TV More than three times as many people would choose to go on the internet than they would to watch TV do sports exercise or play computer games according to the results of our latest survey We asked users to the www BroadbandWatchdog co uk website If you had 1 hour of free time to yourself at home how would you spend it The results rather surprisingly had reading as the most popular activity to do with 43 3 of users saying this is how they would spend that hour while almost a third 30 5 chose going on the internet as how they would spend that hour of free time The surprising result was that watching TV came in with only 8 8 of the votes which was behind doing Sports Exercise with 10 2 and only just ahead of playing computer games that had 7 4 of the votes There are a few ways to look at the results first off we found it surprising that reading topped the list as the most popular activity to do when someone has an hour of free time to themselves at home but when you consider so many people now use the internet day in and day out for their everyday lives taking a break from looking at a screen might be a more relaxing way to enjoy their free time The biggest surprise was how far watching TV was behind going on the internet with going on the internet proving to be over three times more popular than watching the television High speed broadband connections have helped develop the internet so it has become so versatile and can offer so much which includes the ability to watch specific TV programmes as and when you want them for starters The huge popularity of social media and communicating online via sites such as Facebook Twitter has brought so much of peoples everyday lives online that the use and popularity of TV has declined as the internet popularity has grown Health groups won t be pleased to see that only around 1 in 10 people would choose to exercise if they had a spare hour of the day at home compared to the 9 out of 10 who would choose to do a none physical activity with their free time Filed under News Tags Internet three times more popular than TV Reading more popular free time activity than using the internet Author Mark 11 36 am Comments 0 March 14 2011 Broadband providers sign up to make Traffic Management clearer Knowing if your broadband provider will slow down their network speeds at certain times of the day with traffic management should be allot clearer from now on as the main UK broadband providers have signed up to a new best practice code to make this side of broadband far clearer Traffic management is used by broadband providers to limit the speed that some applications or users are able to use their broadband connection at Sites such as video streaming or file sharing or even those who play online games via PS3 or Xbox may be affected currently by traffic management and not know how when or why This new code that the broadband providers are signing up to should help make this clearer in the form of Key Facts Indicator tables that will list what the traffic management is with the broadband provider BSkyB BT O2 TalkTalk Three Virgin Media and Vodafone are signing a voluntary traffic management transparency code that will give users more easily comparable information on traffic management These 7 broadband providers account for 90 of fixed line broadband connections and 60 of mobile customers in the UK The new transparency code has 3 commitments for the broadband providers they are Firstly to provide more information to consumers about what traffic management takes place for what purpose and with what impact Secondly to comply with a set of good practice principles on providing information to consumer that is understandable appropriate accessible current comparable and verifiable Thirdly to publish a common Key Facts Indicator KFI table summarising the traffic management practices they use for each broadband product they currently market which will be available on ISPs websites by end of June 2011 Interested customers will be able to access this information directly however third parties such as price comparison websites will be encouraged to communicate this comparable information to consumers in an easily accessible way This is good for consumers as it is designed to make the traffic management information as clear and simple and in lay mans terms so it should be free from jargon it will also be made easily accessible and shouldn t be hidden away where it would be hard for consumers to find Filed under Home Broadband Tags Broadband traffic management Key Facts Indication KFI Traffic Management Author Mark 12 56 pm Comments 1 March 10 2011 WiFi cuts broadband speed by up to 40 Using WiFi to access the internet can slow your broadband speed by up to 40 according to a recent survey On average the broadband speed redcued by 30 when using WiFi to connect to

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  • 2011 February
    to roll out their own services to These digital hubs will be connected to with a high speed connection to the nearest exchange and then from there each communities would take responsibility to deliver the broadband to individual premises It all forms part of the UK governments plan to have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015 and is being backed with 830 million to achieve this aim Filed under News Tags Digital hubs Rural broadband Rural broadband could take longer than expected UK rural broadband deployment Author Mark 12 35 pm Comments 0 February 14 2011 Fast broadband helps sell houses A recent survey has shown that a fast broadband connection could well be a deal breaker when it comes to buying a house The survey done by ISPreview found that 68 8 of the 733 people who filled out the survey would be put off from buying a beautiful new house if it didn t have a fast broadband connection However when buying a house around half of the people 50 4 said that they would pay more yet 49 5 wouldn t pay more for a house with faster broadband which means that it s is a pretty even split as to if people are willing to pay a premium for a fast broadband house or not It is likely that now with the roll out of fibre broadband across the UK houses that will be connected to the next generation fibre network could put these sellers at an advantage over those who are still on standard ADSL broadband connections It could likely see some towns with fibre broadband become more popular over neighbouring towns that are not connected to a fibre broadband network which in turn would potentially drive up house prices in certain areas When asked how important broadband is to their home lives a large 73 9 said that it is Critically Important 24 2 said it was Average Importance and just 1 7 said it was not important The results of the survey are slightly flawed as it was an online survey and as such those who use the internet are more likely to view broadband speeds and importance more than those who don t but with so much of the UK population now using the internet it is likely that the next time this survey is done and fibre broadband is available more that the results may start to weigh more in towards broadband playing an ever increasing factor with houses and their saleability Filed under Fibre broadband News Tags fast broadband helps sell houses house prices and fast broadband Author Mark 3 05 pm Comments 0 February 10 2011 North Wales gets 10 million fibre broadband investment North Wales is to receive 10 million from the government to invest in high speed fibre broadband Pwllheli and surround areas in North Wales will benefit from the funding which was taken from the 530 million pot of money that has been allocated

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  • 2011 January
    BT broadband customers already get free access to the UK s biggest wi fi network Our free app for the iPhone and Android devices has proved a huge hit with over 400 000 downloads to date so launching an app for the iPad was naturally the next step The app makes accessing wi fi so simple you don t even have to think about it and represents real value to our customers at a time when more and more people are accessing the internet when they are on the move This is a video that BT have made showing iPad customer show easy it is and what they need to do to connect their iPad for free Filed under Mobile Broadband Tags BT Broadband BT Broadband free wifi Free Apple iPad internet free ipad wifi for BT Broadband customers iPad internet access Author Mark 3 09 pm Comments 0 January 17 2011 Broadband PC for 98 scheme Millions of Britons who are still not online will be given the chance to get a refurbished PC flat screen monitor and telephone all for just 98 to help close some of the digital broadband divide between those online and those not online In the UK there is around 9 million adults who are not connected to a broadband connection and the scheme is designed to help bridge the gap between those who have access to the internet and those that don t Martha Lane Fox is heading the campaign and as one of the co founders of LastMinute com she will be able to add a great deal of weight to the campaign It is estimated that around 8 000 of the 98 PC packages will be sold this year and they will be available from 60 UK online centers and Remploy Ms Lane Fox told the Financial Times Motivation and inspiration are still two of the biggest barriers to use the internet but clearly perception of price is another big deal for people A good price point is certainly part of what helps people get online The computers will be offered at such a competitive price as it will be refurbished computers that are being used and not brand new machines It is estimated that in the UK alone there is around 30 million unused PCs that are left in lofts or cupboards Filed under News Tags cheap broadband computers and broadband for 98 digital divide Martha Lane Fox Remploy Author Mark 3 48 pm Comments 0 January 13 2011 41 market towns added to BT s fibre broadband list 41 market towns across the UK have been added to BT s list of places that they will roll out their next generation fibre broadband to with broadband speeds up to 40Mb This extra 41 market towns will supply around 300 000 businesses and consumers with the fibre broadband which will be available to them from Spring 2012 These market towns are on top of the 785 exchanges that BT has

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  • 2010 December
    will help BT plot areas that show great interest in fibre optic broadband and where it may not have originally been considered commercially viable originally this could change BT s view For the most of the country BT will be deploying FTTC Fibre To The Cabinet which will offer fibre broadband speeds up to 40Mb To view the map or to register a vote for your area if you aren t in an area that BT is already planning on deploying to then visit www racetoinfinity bt com and register by December 31st Filed under Fibre broadband Tags BT fibre broadband BT race to Infinity Fibre broadband Fibre broadband deployment Innerleithen Innerleithen broadband Race To Infinity Author Mark 2 56 pm Comments 0 December 8 2010 Virgin Media start rollout of 100Mb fibre broadband Virgin Media s 100Mb broadband has now gone live for 4 lucky towns which make them the places with the fastest broadband in the UK The 4 towns of Heckmondwike Farnborough Colchester and Barry in South Wales were the initial 4 places to have the new ultra fast Virgin Media 100Mb fibre broadband go live Along with the 100Mb download speeds it will also offer 10Mb upload speeds which is faster than much of the country can even manage as a download speed The new 100Mb broadband does require a new N standard router to deal with the increased speeds however the router is future proof as it can deal with potential broadband speeds of 400Mb which may come in the future The cost for the Virgin 100Mb fibre optic broadband is 45 per month as a stand alone product although this is reduced to 35 per month when it is also taken along with a phone line from Virgin Media at 12 24 per month Installation of the service is 40 It is expected that the new service will be rolled out to the whole of the Virgin Media network by around mid 2012 which would cover around half of the UK Not to be left too far behind BT are to launch their own 110Mb broadband service conveniently slightly faster than Virgin Media around March 2011 However this will only be available to customers who receive FTTH P Fibre To The Home Premises from BT although BT s roll out of fibre optics in the main will be FTTC Fibre To The Cabinet which will offer a download speed of up to 40Mb Filed under Fibre broadband Tags 100Mb broadband 100Mb fibre broadband Fibre broadband Virgin Media 100Mb fibre broadband Author Mark 12 01 pm Comments 0 December 7 2010 UK s plans for superfast broadband future The Government is aiming at having a digital hub in every community in country as it aims to make the UK have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015 The 830 million scheme yesterday revealed by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and is called the Britain s Superfast Broadband Future strategy The strategy still plans on helping

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  • 2010 November
    less if it does help change the way that broadband providers advertise their services with misleading broadband speeds then ultimately it may work out good for the industry Virgin Medias executive director of broadband Jon James said People are paying for superfast broadband but receiving a service stuck in the slow lane Broadband providers need to stop advertising speeds that not a single customer can receive and we re asking people to support our call for change by signing up to stopthebroadbandcon org Faster broadband means better broadband whether you re surfing the web watching TV online or downloading music and UK consumers deserve superfast broadband they can trust rather than having to rely on the fairytales and broken promises of current broadband advertising The slight issue with the campaign is that Virgin Media still advertise their services as up to a certain speed the stats suggest that on average they do deliver customers with around 90 of the advertised headline speed but again this by some would make their call for this campaign a bit flawed Stats from Ofcom found that in May 2010 that DSL broadband providers were delivering just 33 of the headline speed for advertised up to 20Mb or 24Mb services with a speed on average of just 6 5Mb The reason for this is that DSL providers use BT s copper network to transfer data for broadband the distance customers are form the local exchange and also the quality of the cable can affect the broadband speed hugely Fibre optic providers such as Virgin Media do not receive as much loss in broadband speeds over these distances than those providers on DSL connections Richard Branson the founder of the Virgin Group said Staying connected is central to our lives and we all deserve broadband we can trust I m challenging all broadband providers to be honest with their customers and ask people to add their voice to the campaign by signing up to Stopthebroadbandcon org The easy way to check how fast your Internet connection is running at is to use our free broadband speed test tool it will show you what your upload and download speed are running at Filed under Broadband Speeds Tags broadband speed test Broadband Speeds Stop The Broadband Con stopthebroadbandcon org Up To broadband speeds Author Mark 11 46 am Comments 0 November 17 2010 Slowest broadband speed goes to Kent village The slowest place for broadband in the UK is the villiage of Farningham in Kent with an average broadband speed of just 1 3Mb according to a recent broadband speed test study The research done by broadband comparison site Top10 com over the last few months used data from over 100 000 broadband speed test s to draw up their list of top or should that be bottom 20 slowest broadband places in the UK Only places that had at least 50 broadband speed tests performed over the 3 month period were used to be included in the analysis The most surprising place to be included on the list was the city of Worcester which came in in 20th position with an average broadband download speed of 2 01Mb The fact that a city with a population of nearly 100 000 should have such slow broadband is a bit concerning as it is usually much more rural areas that are affected by slow broadband connections The top 20 list for slowest broadband places was as follows Farningham Kent 1 3 Duns Borders Scotland 1 43 Harbury Warwickshire 1 51 Hethersett Norfolk 1 6 Cockfield County Durham 1 63 Brigg Lincolnshire 1 71 Pembroke Pembrokeshire Wales 1 73 Stevenston Ayrshire Scotland 1 76 Holsworthy Devon 1 77 Ballymena County Antrim 1 8 Hungerford Berkshire 1 81 Amersham Buckinghamshire 1 84 Ancaster Lincolnshire 1 88 Dunoon Argyll Scotland 1 9 Pentre Rhondda Wales 1 9 Southmoor Oxfordshire 1 91 Banchory Aberdeenshire Scotland 1 95 Grantham Lincolnshire 1 97 Worcester Worcestershire 2 01 Filed under Broadband Speeds Tags broadband speed test broadband speed tests Slowest UK broadband Author Mark 3 18 pm Comments 2 November 16 2010 First 2 places hit 1 000 votes in BTs Race To Infinity BT s Race To Infinity campaign has seen the first 2 exchanges reach 1000 votes to put them in the lead to be one of 5 places that are to receive BT fibre broadband installed to The towns of Caxton in Cambridgeshire and Malvern in Worcestershire are the first two places that have passed the 1 000 minimum vote required target but there is still around a month and half of the campaign still to run so other areas still have plenty fo time to get their vote sin for their locations Clayton Hudson from Cambourne paris council said We re over the moon that we are currently leading the race There has been a phenomenal response both here in Cambourne and the smaller villages that feed the Caxton exchange and we are determined to be in the top five at the end of the year There has so far been over 200 000 votes cast in the Race To Infinity campaign which covers the UK from top to bottom and it is due to continue until 31st December 2010 The 5 areas that are selected by winning the competition will have their exchanges upgraded to fibre optics by early 2012 most likely with a FTTC Fibre To The Cabinet connection which would offer fibre broadband speeds up to 40Mb BT are already investing 2 5 bn on their fibre network which should cover 66 of the UK by 2015 by the end of this year there should be around 4 million premises that are able to connect to the new next generation network To register a vote for where you live you simply need to visit www racetoinfinity bt com Filed under Fibre broadband News Tags BT fibre optic broadband BT Infinity BT race to Infinity Race To Infinity www racetoinfinity

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