Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

Connect8 Celebrate as 24Mbps+ Wireless Broadband Comes to Stonor Village

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 (12:13 am) - Score 709
village networks isp wireless broadband mast

The Connect8 campaign has this week hailed the arrival of a 24Mbps+ Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband network in the rural South Oxfordshire village of Stonor, which has been deployed by Village Networks and is also being extended into Pishill (as far as is technically possible).

Connect8 was originally setup a few years ago to fight for better broadband in the rural villages of Howe Hill, Britwell Hill, Cookley Green, Greenfield, Park Corner, Pishill with Stonor, Russells Water and Swyncombe. However Openreach (BT) recently began rolling out their 80Mbps capable FTTC (VDSL2) broadband network into some of the villages (here), which is expected to cover around 70% of the area by December 2017.

Never the less some parts may not be reached by Openreach’s deployment and so a separate deal was done with Village Networks, which has spent the past few months re-lighting / extending an unused fibre optic link in the Stonor Park area and building a new transmitter on top of a nearby hill. The ISP has also worked with Stephen Duckett at the Hundred Hills Vineyard in order to complete the initial network (note: £10,000 has been invested to cover this “early work“).

The good news is that the first part of the new wireless network covering Stonor and Pishill is now live and delivering download speeds of 29Mbps (4Mbps upload). Going forwards the network could also be extended into a number of other villages, which should help to ensure near total coverage of the area.

Peter Richardson, Connect8, said:

“We have also received a “go ahead” from Thames Valley Police enabling VN to add the Britwell Hill masts to the infrastructure backbone, with subsequent community cluster connections to Cookley Green, Russells Water, Maidensgrove, Britwell Hill, Turville Heath and further afield as demand is extended.

We are working with [the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire project] to secure as near as 100% coverage in our area as is possible, through a combination of more fibre enabled cabinets and wireless broadband – a model that is the best solution as it currently stands.”

Residents can expect to pay £40 per month inc. VAT for an unlimited up to 24Mbps download / 2Mbps upload broadband service over the new wireless network and installation costs around £222 (one-off), although prices do vary depending upon location.

We suspect there may also be a little overlap with Openreach’s FTTC deployments in some parts, but at least the VN approach appears to be making good use of private investment.

Add to Diigo
Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
Leave a Comment
2 Responses
  1. Avatar MikeW

    “there may also be a little overlap”
    The thing with wireless networks is that you really /want/ them to act as an umbrella so they reach every nook and cranny that isn’t covered … but, pretty much by default, they therefore end up overlapping some of the covered areas.

  2. Critical to us in this project was the almost chance discovery of disused backhaul in an office in a stable at Stonor Park, access to private land at a peppercorn and, coming shortly access from the police to one of their large masts on the top of the Chiltern escarpment. We were able to engage a local altnet to build the network. And of course local people were prepared to put the money. They’ll be plenty of ups and downs to come, but at least we have got the core working. we’re blogging as we go over here https://connect8.org/

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £21.00 (*25.00)
    Avg. Speed 50Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: £50 Shopping Voucher
  • TalkTalk £21.95 (*36.00)
    Avg. Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Post Office £22.90 (*37.00)
    Avg. Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Direct Save Telecom £22.95 (*29.95)
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Plusnet £22.99 (*34.98)
    Avg. Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: £75 Cashback
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. BT (2529)
  2. FTTP (2250)
  3. FTTC (1673)
  4. Building Digital UK (1616)
  5. Politics (1443)
  6. Openreach (1429)
  7. Business (1257)
  8. Statistics (1108)
  9. FTTH (1103)
  10. Mobile Broadband (1055)
  11. Fibre Optic (978)
  12. Ofcom Regulation (922)
  13. 4G (918)
  14. Wireless Internet (917)
  15. Virgin Media (868)
  16. EE (601)
  17. Sky Broadband (598)
  18. TalkTalk (584)
  19. Vodafone (531)
  20. 3G (417)
New Forum Topics
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact