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Friday, April 15th, 2016 (7:55 am) - Score 3,475
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After one month of muddy digging TrueSpeed Communications has finally announced that they’ve connected their first North East Somerset (England) customer to a new 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in the rural village of Priston.

The village of Priston is home to around 230 people (80+ homes and businesses) and resides just 4 miles south west of Bath, which is where the new network starts. Apparently most of the local properties have already signed-up to take the service and the first have just gone live, with more to follow over the next few weeks.

The network deployment is demand-led (i.e. it goes where there is most interest) and if all goes well then the ISP hopes to expand further into the Chew Valley area and possibly even reaching parts of rural Wiltshire. Indeed TrueSpeed are already making plans to connect communities such as Chew Stoke and Bishop Sutton, which could happen as soon as this summer.

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The ISP offers a number of packages for businesses and home users, although the main residential product offers 100Mbps (symmetrical) for £47.50 per month (includes a phone service). It’s worth pointing out that some of the area can already order a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC VDSL2) service over BTOpenreach’s network, although this only tends to deliver woefully slow speeds of around 6-10Mbps in Priston.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar FibreFred

    So altnets will go up against BT in what I presume is a EU funded area.

    Good price for 100Mbps symmetrical

    • Avatar TheManStan

      Why not? If they’re outside the 24Mbps footprint of the cabinet then in reality they aren’t funded.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      DTMark mentioned in a other post that altnets have been blocked out by the government in areas where state (or other) funded BT deployments are present

  2. Avatar fastman

    think there are using spare capacity of a already owned cable

    • Avatar David Roberts

      Fastman, if you are referring to Truespeed using spare capacity of an already owned cable then you are wrong. This is a new build totally funded by Truespeed and no BDUK involvement, and hence this remote rural village is now one of the better connected ultra fast communities (city, urban or rural) in the whole of the South West.

    • Avatar Q

      Sadly wrong Fastman.
      Villagers in Priston very very pleased with results.
      When can we have futureproof broadband?

    • Avatar fastman

      So David where are you backhauling your network to then as it must be coming from somewhere if its not using the Hibernia network as you say

    • Avatar karl

      He has already answered your initial question, the service does not use an already owned cable. Stop trying to shift goal post and persistently pester posters until you are proved correct on something.

  3. Avatar Craski

    Good effort. Great to see these small projects being delivered.

  4. Avatar chris

    The new Hibernia express Trans Atlantic cable is providing connectivity, no spare cable or eu funding, just a really good price.

    • Avatar David Roberts

      Chris, although we do have our own duct in the Hibernia trench we do not use their cable as we have our own Truespeed fibre cables installed in our own duct.

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