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Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 (12:01 pm) - Score 2,615
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Homes in the rural Gloucestershire village of Miserden have apparently been taken out of the broadband “dark ages” after a little known VoIP provider called Voneus built a new fibre optic (FTTP/H) and wireless network into the area, which has made speeds of 100Mbps available to residents.

At present we know very little about the Hertfordshire based Voneus and their website is similarly sparse on detail, although the effort to build a new network in the area has apparently been in the planning phase since 2015 and is a joint project with the local Miserden Estates.

The network, which connects some properties via a pure FTTH fibre optic line and others via a fibre fed fixed wireless network (“WFTTH“), was deployed alongside the roll-out of a new district water scheme and that helped to keep the costs under control (we aren’t told how much it cost).

However a quick check suggests that some parts of the area were already able to access a slower FTTC broadband connection via Openreach (BT), with others being within reach of an 8-17Mbps capable ADSL2+ service. Suffice to say that we’ve seen areas that are a lot worse, although it’s unclear how many are able to receive the existing solutions.

Gary Day, Voneus Sales Director, said (Comms Business):

“The successful roll out of Voneus Together in Miserden is the result of nearly a year’s worth of careful consultation with the community. Voneus worked closely with residents, businesses and Miserden Park Estates, to understand the challenges resulting from inadequate broadband speeds, and it’s a pleasure to see the village reaping the rewards of a robust internet offering.”

Apparently Voneus has also connected up the local village hall free-of-charge. Now if only their website would give some indication of network coverage, especially as they claim to be deploying networks across the UK.

Otherwise prices for the 100Mbps service start from £20 inc VAT per month with a 20GB usage allowance or £34.99 for unlimited usage and a £149.99 installation fee also applies.

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Mark Jackson
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8 Responses
  1. Avatar Chris

    We are in conversations with Voneus in our village in Somerset. We are in the process of signing up residents with the view of gaining enough support to make the venture viable. The Voneus solution looks better than anything else that might be on the horizon. It would be interesting to hear how the residents of Miserden are getting along. Whilst not that cheap it sure beats the alternative that is satellite and I have signed up and hope that we can reach the target uptake for commercial viability.

  2. Avatar Mark

    Would be interesting to look at the topography and how clustered it is, and how many premises are served.

    I know when looking at our area the challenge wasn’t the FTTP ducting, which was relatively easy and straightforward, but the backhaul – for various reasons it couldn’t have been provided by BT and nobody else came anywhere near here at that time.

    My best estimate was that we could indeed bring it in at the prices quoted. Just.

    That’s for 257 mostly clustered premises in an easy-to-duct configuration with free wayleaves granted which was also straightforward but allowing for a certain amount of revolt among some residents and anticipating having to use wireless in some cases.

  3. Avatar Aaron

    http://voneus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Voneus-Broadband-Customer-TandCs-v1.6-1.pdf

    28. “W-FTTH” means Voneus Wireless Fibre to the Home™ which is a registered trademark of
    Voneus that is Fixed Wireless Access;

    Gary I thought you had agreed to stop using this misleading (made up by Voneus) marketing term (W-FTTH) as found in this article and actually use the proper industry term of ‘Fixed Wireless Access’ as found on ISPreview http://www.ispreview.co.uk/broadband_wireless.php which bears no resemblance to proper fibre i.e. FTTH. How long have you had that registered for by the way?

    Also your website looks more professional than the previous version, although lacks content.

    Best of luck.

    Regards,
    Aaron

    • Dear Aaron,

      Thank you for your thoughts and comments. You have my number feel free to call me.

      i wish you speedy success and implementation.

      Regards
      Gary

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