Broadband ISP Solutions for Remote and Rural UK Communities - Introduction Page 1 - ISPreview
Broadband Solutions for Remote and Rural UK Communities
By: Mark Jackson - September 20th, 2010 : Page 1 -of- 8
"It's a common misconception that issues like this should only be confined to the green and pleasant land of our British countryside"

uk rural broadband solutions Bright shafts of warming sunlight streak through the leaves of a nearby tree, swaying only slightly amid a soft summers breeze, surrounded by lush green meadows and the calming scent of morning dew that nestles almost poetically against a sea of glistening grass matched by the clear blue sky above.

A content smile carves its way across your face, but as you glance down the smile fades. That YouTube video stream you started 5 minutes ago still hasn't begun and you're only half way through sending an email with last week's office work attached. Sadly BT's 2009 data estimated that slow internet access is still a way of life for approximately 2 Million UK households (7%), where broadband ISP speeds of at least 2Mbps have yet to reach; Elsewhere Ofcom's own 2009 data suggested that the figure could actually be closer to 15%.

It's also a common misconception that issues like this should only be confined to the green and pleasant land of our British countryside. In realty many suburban areas and bustling towns can and often do suffer from similar problems. These are typically areas where the old telecoms infrastructure of copper and aluminium wire, which is still predominantly owned and managed by BT, have a hard time keeping pace with the latest technological advances.

Where is our broadband

The reasons why some areas get good broadband and others not are many and varied, which is complicated by the patchwork of different UK telecommunication operators and their competing infrastructure solutions. Areas like those described during our introduction are also far more susceptible to any issues inherent with living at the furthest reaches of your local telephone exchange.

adsl and adsl2+ speed versus distance graph

For example, the most common form of broadband delivery, over existing telecoms infrastructure, in the UK is still Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (up to 8Mb ADSL or 24Mb ADSL2+), which effectively splits your telephone line into separate voice and digital data channels. However the laws of physics and signal degradation (interference) often combine to mean that any ADSL line longer than 6.5 Kilometres (km) is unlikely to receive a good speed or stable service, assuming you can even get a connection in the first place (some people live too far from their local telephone exchange).

* 1.609344 kilometres (km) = 1 Mile

* 1Mb (Megabit per second) = 1024Kb (kilobits per second)

Sometimes even those who live near to their exchange cannot get a good broadband speed because the copper or aluminium telecom wire loops around so much that the real length ends up being significantly greater than the straight line distance from your home/business (premises) to the exchange. This can also result in slow connection speeds, as can poor home wiring. There are other causes too but our focus today is primarily on infrastructure.

Smaller communities can also be left at another disadvantage due to simple economics of scale and issues of taxation. As commercial companies, the big operators would only have a minimal incentive to invest in such areas. It could end up costing hundreds of thousands of pounds to upgrade broadband services for tiny communities where any return on such a significant investment would be very difficult to achieve.

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Christie
Posted 18 days ago
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Lucinda Brown
Posted 488 days ago
I live in North Buckinghamshire, Middle Claydon to be exact. My exchange is about 3/4 of a mile away and is antiquated! The broadband here is frustratingly slow in spite of everyone's promise of 2mg, skype calls drop out and it takes minutes to load a page from ebay or even my email!
What can I do? Changing provders doesn't seem to be an answer, can we lobby BT to upgrade their system?
Ramy
Posted 858 days ago
Geo cool! Got any more detail? I'm weondring if there is existing technology for the modem/bridge. I expect getting a non-clobbered return signal may be a challenge without some more spe [beep] ed antennas (But I'm not an RF guy ). Reminds me of Alohanet.I like the idea of not having to replace/rewire antennas and RF cabling.
Hawks
Posted 897 days ago
Its not going to happen on miedldmore,I'm just going to repeat what had already been posted in the poll area Its going to be a long, slow wait for Middlemore to get decent broadband speeds. (Much longer than 12 months!)Daventry's BT Infinity roll-out has been delayed by BT for 12 months, as indicated by a poster above, however BT's roll-out schedule for Daventry specifically EXCLUDES the Middlemore estate from the Infinity upgrade (always has done).Why I hear you ask BT's Infinity roll-out is FTTC (Fibre to the Cab), resulting in high-speed equipment being installed in the local street cab (Dark Green box) enabling the last few meters from the cabinet to the your home to use the existing copper cable, this allows speeds of around 40Mpbs.Middlemore is not having this technology installed by BT. Middlemore's BT ducting is large enough to blow Fibre down it to your actual house, known as fibre to the premises (FTTP), this will allow initial connection of 100Mbps and can be upgraded to pretty much any speed you want as the technology grows in the future.So in future Middlemore will have very very fast broadband, but at present, BT have to complete the Infinity project before they move on to the FTTP project.Expect 2014 at the earliest, whilst friends in other parts of Daventry should get 40Mbps broadband this time next year. Sure, you can hassle BT, but i'd rather have FTTH then the slower FTTC which is what the funding is for.
Colm
Posted 1179 days ago
Hi - I have sattelite broadband (2Mbs), however when I try to make calls, the person I am calling, their phone will ring, but when they pick-up my connection seems to time out. Are there any settings I can change to make this work?
Mark.J
Posted 1431 days ago
The WISP list is updated every 6 months or so but if you know details that have changed then do drop us an email and we'll adjust. This is a free site so we don't have unlimited resources and need to be informed of any significant changes.
smurf
Posted 1448 days ago
I have a good WISP service in mid-Essex with (usually) up to 10Mbps SDSL, is a bit of daytime contention, but latency and speeds are a multiple of what the landline ADSL can achieve at 3.4m from the exchange due to the deterioriating underground lines which plague suburban east anglia. Downtime is less than half hour a week. Pity is that your WISP list isn't kept up to date, so how can punters find out about the services which are available?
 

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