Superfast Broadband

 

Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

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November 23rd 2015 – Good news – superfast broadband is now available in some parts of Shotteswell! Cabinet Wroxton St Mary 5 has been upgraded, meaning that many properties connected to it can now order the improved service.

What should I do now?

1.      Check that your property is connected to this cabinet and can get superfast speeds by going to

www.dslchecker.bt.com and entering your landline number/address

2.       Sign up with an Internet Service Provider for superfast services. Remember to check different providers for the best rates to meet your needs. For more information you can check out an independent reviewer such as: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband

What are the benefits?

Having access to superfast broadband not only lets you browse the web faster, but helps businesses stay competitive and allows individuals, families and communities to make use of opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible:

·         Choose the Internet Service Provider you want- the CSW Broadband project ensures that you are not limited in your choice of suppliers

·         Get online instantly with no slow dial-up connections

·         Talk face-to-face with friends and family using Skype or other software

·         Stream HD films, TV shows and videos without buffering slowing you down

·         Quickly and easily share your photos with friends and family

·         Upload pictures and documents seamlessly

·         Work from home when you want- now you can really compete in the global marketplace

·         Reduce workplace costs by introducing remote working and hot-desking

CSW Broadband – What happens when your cabinet has been upgraded to superfast speeds?

To check which cabinet you are connected to and what speeds you might achieve visit https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/ . For the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use. It should be noted that you are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that you can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP). For impartial advice about ISPs visit: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband

There are also a number of comparison websites, although you should bear in mind that these take a commission for all packages ordered through their site and therefore may not list every available ISP. It is best to try a few comparison sites before buying as they may offer different deals. Some of the more popular comparison sites include:

www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/broadband/cheap-broadband

It should be noted that there are a number of issues that can impact on the speeds that you can achieve. The key factor is the distance from the cabinet. The final part of the delivery uses the existing copper cabling, and broadband speeds degrade quickly over copper. Therefore, the closer to the cabinet you are the faster speeds you will achieve.

When fibre broadband becomes available in my area, will my broadband simply get faster without me taking any action?

It won’t. To get fibre broadband, you’ll need to place an order with broadband provider (sometimes called an Internet Service Provider or ISP). Even if you already have a contract with a broadband provider, if you would like to access faster speeds you will need to contact them, asking for a faster broadband service – this will not happen automatically. This is because fibre broadband uses a different technology and an engineer will need to visit your premises to install the necessary equipment.
Fibre broadband is affordable, starting from around £16.50 per month for home users and £30 per month for businesses. Many customers take the opportunity to review their existing contract for telephone calls at the same time which may mean you end up paying only a little more, if anything at all.
There are several broadband providers offering fibre broadband in Oxfordshire so you can shop around and choose the package that’s best for you. And if you choose not to upgrade to fibre broadband, you’ll be able to continue using your existing broadband service as normal. Here’s a list of broadband providers that may operate in your area.

How will I know when I can place orders with my broadband service providers?

All broadband providers will be officially notified by BT Openreach as soon as the new connections are available. When this happens, our website will automatically update, so keep using our checker to find out the status of your area. It will then be up to individual broadband providers to decide whether they want to develop packages for customers. A list of broadband providers is available here.

How much does fibre broadband cost?

Prices are affordable, starting from around £16.50 per month for home users and £30 per month for businesses, which may not be much more than you are currently paying for standard broadband.  Many customers take the opportunity to review their existing contract for telephone calls at the same time which may mean you end up paying only a little more, if anything at all

Check out the prices from the Broadband Providers

How long does it take to be installed after I place an order, and what does this involve?

The time before installation of fibre broadband varies among broadband providers, typically it takes about two weeks. A new router will be posted to you in advance of an engineer calling, who will then install it and replace the faceplate on your telephone socket.

How do I get fibre broadband?

Better Broadband  is upgrading the infrastructure to enable faster speeds – but it’s up to you to order the best broadband package for your needs. Hundreds of cabinets are being upgraded across the county so that 90% of Oxfordshire’s homes and businesses can order better broadband from their chosen broadband provider.

Here’s how you get fibre broadband:

1. Check our ‘When & Where’ section

Use the ‘When & Where’ section with maps and line checker to see whether the infrastructure has been upgraded in your area yet.

2. Check your current contract

If fibre broadband is available to you, you will need to check your current broadband contract (if you have one) as you may need to reach the end of the agreement before switching broadband providers. If you do not intend to switch providers, most broadband providers allow you to upgrade to a fibre package.

3. Choose a broadband provider

You can use our broadband providers page to see a list of providers that may be able to offer you a broadband package.

There are also many broadband comparison sites, but be aware that they may not have the most up to date information.

Better Broadband  is upgrading the infrastructure across the county to enable more people to order faster speeds. However, we cannot advise on the best package for your needs or which broadband provider you should sign up to.

Why will some premises get slower than superfast speeds?

We are aiming to deliver superfast to as many areas as possible. However some premises connected to the fibre network may be too far from the cabinet or exchange to receive superfast broadband, but will still be able to receive better broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps – and in many cases much faster.

Why will only some premises in an area (for example, a village) be able to order superfast speeds?

Better Broadband  will bring fibre broadband to 90% of the county’s homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

Premises connected to the fibre network will be able to access a range of speeds – some will get superfast broadband (more than 24Mbps) and others will be able to get anywhere between 2Mbps and 24Mbps.  There will be some areas that cannot be reached by the fibre network so alternative technology solutions will be deployed to ensure that all properties within the project area are able to order a minimum of 2Mbps.

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Orange Areas – From April 2015: Each phase will take approximately 6 months to build, so this gives an indication of the timescale for these areas. There may be two shades of this colour on the map, the darker shade shows which areas we estimate will achieve superfast and the lighter shade indicates which areas may fall below that level (based on the distance from the cabinet).

NGA Network Coverage Map

To be read in conjunction with the rolling 12-month plan for details of specific cabinets

Phase 3 of the CSW broadband rollout has now commenced, with a further 77 cabinets being brought into the rollout, making a total of 170 superfast cabinets either already installed or in the process of being installed. This puts us approximately 2 months ahead of our original schedule and we continue to work to accelerate the programme.

Our latest map is quite different from what has gone before, here are the main changes:

  • Improved mapping to give more zoom-ability and greater clarity of detail, for instance more localities and key roads are now named/numbered and landscape features can now be seen. We hope that this will help you to locate your own area
  • “Grey” “Black” and “Hatched” areas have shrunk. At the start of the project we had to ask providers where they would be supplying superfast broadband by 2015 and the results were mapped using the BDUK-approved methodology. As we are now in the procurement stages of the second project we have again asked suppliers for their proposed rollout, and this has led to a shrinkage of coverage from some areas which the providers have chosen not to cover under their commercial programmes. As mapping is by postcode, it is also possible that the provider may have found that only a proportion of the premises within the postcode were upgraded last time, hence the postcode would change to white indicating that there is still more to do.Additionally, as we are unable to tender for additional works in grey, black or hatched areas we have aggressively clipped these by including only those places where providers can offer 100% coverage. This means that, for instance, where there are a few exchange-only lines, we now have the opportunity to provide a solution. The new map reflects this market failure and has, as a result, led to a significant increase in white areas because this indicates that there is still work to do. White does not always mean that nothing has been done, white is also used for areas which have had less than 100% of the work completed as there are still homes and businesses here that do not have superfast broadband.

As previously, one of the main problems we face is that the data we are given is detailed by postcode, and the maps are generated showing postcode data. However, telecoms infrastructure clearly does not follow postcodes. In fact, as the surveys progress we are finding that we have some postcodes that are served by a number of cabinets, and some cabinets that serve properties in more than one postcode. When you factor in the fact that some properties may be served by exchanges or cabinets that are several miles away you can see the difficulties. Therefore the information on this map is indicative only and actual coverage will change when we come to rollout to each area. For more specific information about particular cabinets please see our Rolling 12-Month Plan.

The key to the colours on the map are:

Green Areas – Build Complete, Check Availability: These areas have had cabinets upgraded to superfast and connected to the fibre network. Therefore, if you are connected to one of these cabinets, it is now possible to order superfast services from a wide range of providers. There are a number of different superfast packages available, including some with bundled telephone calls and even TV or sport on demand.

There may be two shades of this colour on the map, the darker shade shows which areas we estimate will achieve superfast and the lighter shade indicates which areas may fall below that level (based on the distance from the cabinet).

To see if superfast is available in your area go to www.dslchecker.bt.com. We also have a range of fact sheets and other information in our About Broadband section of this site.

It is recommended that you consult an independent source for advice about broadband providers, such aswww.MoneySavingExpert.com – the broadband-specific information can be found here http://tinyurl.com/ob92z6m

Pink/Purple Areas – All 2014 Phases are now in progress: Phases start at 3-monthly intervals and each phase will take approximately 6 months to build, so that there will now be two phases running at any one time. This gives an indication of the timescale for these areas. There may be two shades of this colour on the map, the darker shade shows which areas we estimate will achieve superfast and the lighter shade indicates which areas may fall below that level (based on the distance from the cabinet).

Blue Areas – From January 2015: Each phase will take approximately 6 months to build, so this gives an indication of the timescale for these areas. There may be two shades of this colour on the map, the darker shade shows which areas we estimate will achieve superfast and the lighter shade indicates which areas may fall below that level (based on the distance from the cabinet).

Orange Areas – From April 2015: Each phase will take approximately 6 months to build, so this gives an indication of the timescale for these areas. There may be two shades of this colour on the map, the darker shade shows which areas we estimate will achieve superfast and the lighter shade indicates which areas may fall below that level (based on the distance from the cabinet).

Topics in this edition:

 

State Aid approval finally received

Additional funding – details still awaited

Big build video on website – text version of the script

Warwickshire’s  Rural Growth Network (RGN)

Coventry Voucher Scheme

Questions and Answers

 State Aid approval finally received

CSW Broadband has finally received State Aid approval for the additional £750,000 that was brought into the project during the procurement process. This means that we are able to intervene in the areas that qualify as “white” – i.e. as having no planned commercial provision of superfast broadband. The map that was posted to the website in November still stands, and will be updated as we gain greater certainty over which area will be receiving superfast broadband.

 

Additional funding – details still awaited

The Government has announced that an additional £250m funding will be made available to bring superfast broadband coverage in the UK up to 95% by 2017. However, no details have been released yet as to how the money will be allocated. We understand that there will be a match-funding requirement but it is unclear as to how that will be met, especially given the national state of Local Authority finances.

 

CSW Broadband is working with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on the development of the Strategic Economic Plan, which will set the priorities for action over the next few years. We are also working with the LEP on the European Structural Investment Fund Strategy, which we hope will enable us to attract EU funding to help with the broadband rollout. In the meantime, 2017 is getting ever closer and the sooner we are able to get on with planning further rollout the sooner we will benefit from economies of scale as we can run that provision as part of our current project. The longer we have to wait the higher the costs will be.

 

Text of The Big Build video

We have an excellent video on our website which explains how the network will be built and rolled out. However, not everybody is able to see the video, so in response to requests here is the text:

 

The big build to bring superfast broadband to the UK is complex and it takes time for a town or telephone exchange area to be upgraded. Here’s how it works in a typical exchange area:

 The broadband many of us have today travels on copper lines from the telephone exchange, usually via a Green Road side cabinet to your home or business. The first piece in the superfast broadband jigsaw is the installation of fibre to the cabinet or FTTC technology. This is where fibre optic cable is brought from the telephone exchange building to new green roadside cabinets.

 From the cabinet it then travels over the existing copper line into your business or home. Download speeds of up to eighty megabits per second will be possible via this type of connection.

 In some areas it will be possible to install another type of cutting-edge technology called fibre to the premises or FTTP. This is the second piece in the jigsaw.  Here fibre is brought directly from the exchange into businesses and homes, bypassing the copper network completely. This will bring even faster download speeds up to 300 megabits per second.

 Next will come solutions for exchange only lines. These connect premises which are very close by or perhaps much further away directly to the Exchange Building.

 Finally there will be some places where it will not be possible to install a fibre optic connection.  BT is trialling alternative technologies to bring faster broadband to these areas, such as wireless, satellite and TV white spaces. BT’s advanced copper broadband Ethernet services will also play an important role as they continue to be rolled out across the UK.

 Crucially BT’s network is open to all communications providers. This provides customers with a choice of service providers, keeping competition high and prices low.

 In reality each of the technologies that make up the jigsaw will become available in different areas at different times. Not all of one area will go live on the same day, and not every technology will be used in each area.

 But when the jigsaw is complete the UK will have one of the best superfast broadband infrastructures in the world – which will last for decades to come.

 Warwickshire’s  Rural Growth Network (RGN)

Warwickshire’s rural areas have good business start-up rates.  However, these businesses tend to remain small and fail to experience growth, so the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network has funded a number of partners and projects which aim to help existing rural businesses grow and is doing this by:

·       Providing specialist coaching, mentoring and networking;

·       Putting a focus on innovation and technology;

·       Providing a range of finance opportunities and specialist advice to help businesses access the right one for them; and

·       Creating a new Rural Innovation Centre at Stoneleigh Park, linked to further centres in north and south Warwickshire.

·       The RGN is also providing support for new start-ups and there are specific targets for women-led enterprise in the start-up support, business growth, small business loan and micro enterprise grants activities.

 

The RGN estimates that these activities will result in: 400 businesses assists, 120 new business start-ups and 500 new or safeguarded jobs by March 2015.

 For more information on the activities of the RGN and the areas of Warwickshire included in the RGN area, please look at the website:  www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ruralgrowthnetwork  or call on 01926 412709

 Questions and Answers

 My area was to be covered under the commercial rollout by now but BT say they won’t be doing it. What can you do to help?

Unfortunately the current funding does not cover this cabinet as it was stated as being covered under the commercial rollout. However, any information relating to a cabinet that is in a commercial area but not being upgraded is useful as it allows reclassification for inclusion into the project’s intervention area.  The availability of new money which is due to be announced shortly by the Government is designed to address issues such as this. As soon as we receive details of the new money we will be starting work to model where this can be spent.

 

When will the project be complete by?

The network deployment under the current funding is planned to be completed by Spring 2016

 

There is still a large area in the region that will not be included in the fibre roll-out either as part of this project or as part of the commercial roll-out and yet communities in these areas are crying out for improved broadband speeds.  What plans if any do you have for addressing this?

This project is a stepping stone to the EU targets for 2020 of all Europeans having access to broadband above 30 Mbps and 50% connected to and using 100 Mbps. Additional government funds are proposed in the future to enable this to happen and we aim to increase the fibre footprint as soon as money is available.

 

Frequently asked general broadband questions can be found on our website at:

 

http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/the-project/frequently-asked-questions

 

Questions about the contract or rollout can be found at:

 

http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/the-project/bduk-contract-qas

Newsletter — December 2013

Review of the year

As we approach the end of the year this is a good time to reflect back on all that has happened over the past 12 months, so here is a quick round-up:

January

After a lot of work on the part of the project team, including an extensive Open Market Review to understand what the commercial providers’ plans were, the project entered the procurement phase and the Invitation to Tender was issued. The website was also restructured to reflect the new stage of the project.

February

Call for final locations of cabinets so that we could challenge the information that we were receiving from bidders. Detailed maps published showing the information that we held right down to individual property level. This was dependent on the cabinets being in the locations where we thought they were!

March

Responding to queries from potential bidders and preparing for tender evaluation.

April

Tenders returns received and evaluation commenced. The information from Champions and from survey returns was extremely useful in helping us to test the information that we were given in the tender documentation. This was particularly helpful in challenging the distance of properties from the actual locations of the cabinets – and therefore the speeds that are likely to be achievable.

May

Evaluation and challenge of tender return documents continued. Champions map went live on the website showing where the champions are located and survey returns. Businesses were invited to register as potential sub-contract suppliers to the project. We started to hold consultation events in each area. 10,000th survey response received – the sender of that survey won £20 in Amazon vouchers.

June

Contract with BT announced.  £14.57m project to achieve 91% fibre coverage by spring 2016. Additional 40,000 premises to achieve superfast speeds over and above the commercial broadband rollout. Launch event held at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick and mini launch events continued in the five Warwickshire Districts. We started the project initiation activities, including the start of the modelling work for the additional £750 public funding that we attracted to the project through the procurement process.

July

Website upgraded to show the current status of the project now that contracts were signed. The CSW Broadband team visited the BT Network Academy to learn about how broadband infrastructure has evolved over the years, and how the new network is to be installed. Project initiation activities continued.

August

New maps on the website show the areas that were under investigation for superfast broadband and which were awaiting additional funding. The Expression of Interest for the potential Rural Community Broadband Fund bid was accepted by DeFRA.

September

Launch event held in Solihull. A major overhaul of the website took place with a new look and structure and lots of new information, including a video showing how the network will be rolled out. The changes were very well received. We also explained the strategic CuRe process that BT were undertaking – Cu = copper, Re = re-alignment. This is where BT are looking at the existing copper network that has evolved over more than 100 years to ensure that the copper runs are as short as practically possible as broadband does degrade very quickly over runs of copper wire.

October

We carried out the first physical surveys for cabinets. This was an instructive exercise and enabled the team to see at first hand the variables such as the availability of power, planning considerations and highways regulations that can impact on the siting of the new cabinets. At the very end of the month we received new data from BT confirming an additional 6,480 premises above those that were in the original contract would be connected to the fibre network, bringing the total project coverage to over 51,000 homes and businesses – and this is on top of the BT commercial rollout.

November

We applied for State Aid approval for the data that we had received from BT at the end of October. This is necessary to meet our funding requirements and, among other things, ensures that we are not spending money in an area that is to be covered under one or more commercial providers’ rollout plans. New maps published on the website depicting the new data.

December

We are still awaiting State Aid approval from BDUK, which we are informed will be received before Christmas. Also eagerly anticipating the first 12-month rolling plan and, as always, we will make the information available as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, we are continuing to respond to specific queries, working on the data that has been received, and actively seeking out additional funding. On that note, we are hoping that an announcement will be made in the Autumn Statement that is due on 5th December about the additional £250m Government funding – more news about that in the next newsletter

Rightmove to show broadband speeds on property details

Rightmove is an online property sales and rental database and now shoes “typical”speeds for each of the 1 million+ homes listed on its website. The data is provided by Point Topic and will show what the average speed is and what can be achieved with it. If superfast is not yet available but a go-live date has been announced this will also be shown. This is a very positive move as we have several instances of people who have moved from towns into the countryside only to find that the broadband that they had come to take for granted was not available. It should be noted that there are local variables that mean the data may not always be accurate, for instance distance from the cabinet and all the other factors that we have mentioned previously.

Key dates looking forward

There is some confusion over dates for different targets for broadband so here’s the key dates:

2014 CSW Broadband rollout starts
2015 Original Government target for 90% superfast ie 24Mbps (this is no longer achievable since it took so long to get European approval for State Aid issues)
2016 CSW Broadband rollout under current funding completes by end of the year, 91% superfast availability
2017 Government target for 95% superfast
2020 EU target to achieve 100% 30Mbps availability (although there is no funding on the horizon at present for this)

Thank You

It only remains to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our Champions, to those who have completed surveys and to those who have emailed or contacted us through social media with your comments and questions. Your input and feedback has been brilliant. Together we have shaped the project thus far and, to be honest, have become equally frustrated at the rate of progress. It now feels as though we are on the threshold of a real leap forward. Thank you for your forbearance – 2014 promises to be an exciting time!

Wishing you all a very happy festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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CSW Broadband Update
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As you will already have read, the CSW broadband project entered into a £14.57m contract with BT in June this year. The money will be spent on bringing improved broadband to those areas that will not be uplifted through the commercial plans of BT and other providers. The targets for the project are 100% coverage at the Universal Service Commitment (a minimum of 2Mbps, which could in practice be up to 23 Mbps), and 90% coverage at Superfast speeds, which is over 24Mbps. Some areas will get considerably more than 24Mbps, and the actual speed achieved depends on a number of factors such as geography, topography, current infrastructure etc

This project is a stepping stone, as the EU has even more demanding targets for 2020: 100% at 30Mbps and 50% connected to and using 100Mbps, and it will be noted that the lower EU threshold is higher than the upper UK 2015 target! Therefore it is essential that any money spent under the current project will contribute to meeting the 2020 targets, and the only way to do that is to get fibre as far as possible. We will achieve fibre to 93% of our area under the current project and are awaiting additional funding to take it further

From the start of the project we have taken a pro-active approach to keeping people informed and to engaging with both residents and businesses, and our communications strategy has been held up as national best practice by BDUK, the government body charged with delivering the rural broadband programme.

As soon as the contract was signed we published maps giving indicative locations for the rollout of superfast broadband under the current funding, although it is not possible at this stage to be specific as there is a considerable amount of work taking place to determine what will be possible on the ground. This work involves looking at the existing network, which has grown up in a piecemeal fashion over a number of years. In some cases, therefore, it is likely that the fibre will follow a different route from the existing copper network. This will not affect telephone/voice services.

Some properties within our area are fed from exchanges or cabinets in other counties/project areas, and these are also being investigated to ensure that the best solution is provided that will help to ensure that we can achieve the 2020 targets.

Once the re-alignment planning work is complete we will be publishing a 12-month rolling programme of works, which will be updated on a quarterly basis, and which will show which exchanges, cabinets and other infrastructure are to be upgraded next. All information is available through the project website http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/ and the website itself is currently undergoing considerable work to make it even easier to find the huge amount of information that is there.

Things are really getting busy here. As you know the team are currently evaluating the tender documents that have come in and our planned date to announce the contract winner is late April, with contracts due to be signed in May.

Thanks for all of the information that you have provided to us, as a result we are able to be a very “smart client” throughout this process. What this means is that we have lot of data and information that we can use to challenge the assumptions and statements that have been made in the tender documents, so that we can make sure that we get the best possible coverage and the best possible deal from this procurement. 

Superfast broadband: To 91% and beyond . . !

A £14.57 million project to transform broadband speeds for homes and businesses across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire was announced today.

CSW Broadband, a partnership of eight local authorities led by Warwickshire County Council, has agreed a deal with BT to help deliver superfast fibre broadband to around 91 per cent of premises by Spring 2016.

The deal was celebrated at a launch event at Warwick’s historic Lord Leycester Hospital that was attended by many of the Local Broadband Champions who have helped the project, together with ex-servicemen who reside at the facility.

The project will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre across the area, which has already pledged to bring faster fibre broadband to more than 1.7 million homes and businesses across the counties of the West Midlands by the end of Spring 2014 as part of its UK-wide £2.5 billion programme.

As a result of today’s new partnership around a further 40,000 premises should have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of the project.

On completion of the rollout, the aim is for all premises within Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to receive a minimum of 2Mbps but with a vast majority achieving higher speeds well in excess of this.

The project will transform broadband speeds across the partnership areas narrowing the bandwidth gap between urban and rural areas. According to Ofcom, Warwickshire’s average downstream speed is currently around 12Mbps whilst approximately 13 per cent of the population receive less than 2Mbps.

BT was awarded the contract following a procurement exercise through the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework .The company is contributing £5.67m towards fibre deployment in “non-commercial” areas whilst the CSW Broadband Project is contributing £4.45 – £3m from Warwickshire and the balance coming from other local authorities – with a further £4.45m coming from BDUK funds.

Openreach, BT’s local network division, will now begin the work on the ground with engineers surveying locations around the county and analysing the best way to roll out the network across the county. Following initial planning and survey, the CSW Broadband Project should be in a position to connect the first premises in early 2014.

Fibre to the Cabinet will be the main technology deployed. This delivers wholesale downstream speeds of up to 80Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 20Mbps.  Fibre to the Premises technology – delivering speeds of up to 330Mbps  – will also be deployed in certain areas and will be available on demand throughout the whole of the fibre footprint should local businesses want the ultra-fast speed it offers.

Speaking on behalf of CSW Broadband, Warwickshire County Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Alan Cockburn, said: “This is a major landmark in securing the future competitiveness of our area. We have been working for a long time to get to this stage and, thanks to the information provided to the team by our local broadband champions and by residents and communities we have been able to negotiate the best possible deal.

“Good broadband connections are essential to modern life, whether for work, leisure or learning. Our rural businesses need broadband to be able to compete in today’s increasingly global environment, and in a rural area like Warwickshire travelling can often be difficult, so that being able to work or learn from home can make a real difference to the quality of peoples’ lives.”

Bill Murphy, Managing Director, BT Next Generation Access, added: “The Normandy landings marked a turning point in world history so it is fitting that we are signing this contract here at the Lord Leycester Hospital, which is home to many ex-servicemen.”

“In its own small way the launch of fibre broadband marks a historical turning point, albeit a technological one, for this region, bringing a host of economic and social benefits.”

“The economy of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire has seen considerable change, with the emergence of more knowledge-based businesses and changes to the manufacturing base of the area, which is embracing new technologies and new ways of working These are where future growth will be but only with a world-class communications infrastructure to support them which is where fibre broadband will play a vital role.”

BT’s network will be open to all communications providers (CPs) on an equal wholesale basis – currently around 80 CPs are using fibre over BT’s network – and so consumers and businesses will benefit from a highly competitive market, in turn bringing greater choice and affordable prices.

For local businesses, the fibre broadband network will underpin the introduction of many new services and applications. Users will be able to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time and receive large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently. Computer processing and storage of files will also become more sophisticated and secure using “cloud computing” technology. There will be faster back up of computer systems and wider use of high quality video conferencing within firms and between them and their customers.

What will be delivered?

The first question that everybody will want to know is “What will you be delivering, when and where?”

Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that as the rollout will depend on the results of detailed surveys. However the charts below show the level of coverage broken down by upper tier Local Authority and by individual Boroughs and Districts.

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Deployment using BDUK and Local Authority Funding is under investigation in areas highlighted in amber above. Detailed surveys will establish the feasibility of deploying in these areas within available funding.

These charts will appear on the website and will be updated as the project progresses to show the percentage of each area that has been upgraded.

This map shows in broad terms where the CSW Broadband project will be delivering NGA services. Specific outcomes will be subject to survey.

Regular announcements will be made about the telephone exchange modernisation programme and when specific BT cabinets are upgraded so that superfast broadband becomes available in each locality. We will be updating the map regularly on our website as the project progresses.

We do still need people to complete the surveys that are available online.

As we get into the rollout of the network the surveys will start to be used – we’ll let you know more about that nearer the time, but meanwhile do please remind your friends, neighbours and family to complete theirs if they haven’t already.

Top questions this month

When will you be announcing the contract winner?

We should be able to announce the contract winner in May. The actual tendering and contracting timescales are determined by BDUK, but we have already advised them that we are likely to be at least a week behind the BDUK timetable in signing a contract as we have a number of clarifications and issues to work through. Unfortunately we are tied down by commercial confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements so cannot expand on the delays except to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make sure that we get the best possible outcome for our project. The slight delay should not affect the rollout programme.

When will we start to see something happening on the ground?

Survey work is likely to start quite soon after contract signing, and installation of the new network should commence towards the turn of the year.

 

Broadband

Broadband

Topics in this edition:
Contract update
10,000th Survey response
How was it for you? Case studies required – download location to be added
Top questions this month

Don’t forget to complete the surveys on our website: www.cswbroadband.org.uk

Contract update

We are still working on this and now expect to make a contract announcement in June. It has been a long haul so far and we need to make sure that we get the best possible outcome. Until the announcement is made there is nothing more that we can add.

10,000thSurvey response

We now have over 10,000 responses to our surveys – a fantastic number. Thank you to everyone who has completed the forms. The 10,000th response was sent in by Brian Young of Bearley near Stratford. Amazon vouchers to the value of £20 are on their way to him. We still need surveys to be completed, especially as we approach the time when we start to roll out the network. 

How was it for you? Case studies required

We are seeking residents and business who would be prepared to become case studies to show the impact that moving to superfast broadband has had on their family, work or business. We have prepared simple templates that will gather information and on receipt of the information we will prepare a case study that would be approved by the subjects before publication. The idea is to show real-life, LOCAL, examples of how superfast is being used. If you would be prepared to help out, the templates can be downloaded from: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/get-involved/case-studies/

Top questions this month

When will you be announcing the contract winner?

We should be able to announce the contract winner in June. The actual tendering and contracting timescales are determined by BDUK, but we have already advised them that we are likely to be behind the BDUK timetable in signing a contract as we have had a number of clarifications and issues to work through. Unfortunately we are tied down by commercial confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements so cannot expand on the delays except to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make sure that we get the best possible outcome for our project. The slight delay should not affect the rollout programme.

When will we start to see something happening on the ground?

Survey work is likely to start quite soon after contract signing, and installation of the new network should commence towards the turn of the year. We will be making announcements on a quarterly basis as the project progresses about activity to be undertaken for the coming period.

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CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation
We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops

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Twitter – https://twitter.com#!/cswbroadband