More homes to get high-speed broadband

By Emily Pearce and David Newble

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


AN extra 5,000 Isle of Wight homes and businesses are set to benefit from superfast broadband provided by BT.

Shanklin will be included in the company's £2.5bn nationwide roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband, it announced this week, taking the total number of Island premises able to access the service to 50,000.

Internet speed in the town will be upgraded by the end of next spring.

BT's south east regional director John Weaver said: "This latest investment is a further vote of confidence in the future success of the Isle of Wight.

"It will be an important part of our economic revival as we shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a more prosperous future.

"Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs."

Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr David Pugh said: "We welcome BT’s decision to bring high-speed fibre broadband to Shanklin.

"Connecting more homes and businesses to better, faster broadband is a key part of our vision to promote growth, maintain and create jobs and attract new investment from the private sector."

BT’s local network business, Openreach, will be installing a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies, which offer speeds many times faster than the current UK average.

It means internet users can do much more online — including downloading films, watching TV, surfing the net and playing games — all at the same time. A whole music album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature-length HD movie in less than 10 minutes.

In Yarmouth community-based broadband company, Yarmouth Broadband, is offering three months free broadband service to residents.

The firm is also offering a free check with a local technician and free connection for new customers as part of the deal.

If 200 people sign-up for the service, the company say the cost of the broadband connection will be reduced for all customers and Yarmouth Broadband will make donations to local schools.

Graham Biss, managing director of Natural Enterprise, the not for profit company behind Yarmouth Broadband, said: "Nationally, it is acknowledged how difficult it is to establish a community-based rural broadband service and therefore we are delighted to be one of only a handful operating successfully."

To find out more about Yarmouth Broadband’s high speed connections and its local customer service, call Sarah on 01983 201560 or email



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by Frank Vakin

28th November 2013, at 17:51:38

BT's high-speed broadband is such a joke! Charles is right, this is just an ad for BT and Yarmouth BB, nothing new really. I can't complain about how fast I got connected (thank you Sir for that) but I won't stop complaining about the quality of BT broadband connection...

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by Daniel meers

3rd July 2013, at 00:23:40

Sadly they will never upgrade the cabinets in the worst affected area which is Newchurch which is linked to the Shanklin exchange, I get a maximum of 1mb it's dreadful, if you lived near the exchange you really don't need fibre and in rural areas we do.

Sadly BT ignores us.

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by T Rollingsworth

14th February 2013, at 11:37:03

Wow, lets all use BT with their traffic throttling, blocking/monitoring of torrents, low speed and limits on their "unlimited" connection.

I think i'll stick with 100Mb from Wightfibre thanks. Feature length movie in 10mins on BT? I can already download a blu-ray quality film in under 5!
Local support is a bonus I suppose, although i've never needed it.

Come back when you have a better proposal, BT.

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by Charles Turton

14th February 2013, at 09:18:12

This is an advert for both BT and Yarmouth BB, or is there a story here?
BT stated two years ago that they were 'lighting up' Sandown in 2012; that's a two year slip or perhaps time is irrelevant in BT/CP land!
I am shocked at the manner this has been reported with no reference to Wightfibre, Click4Internet and WightWireless; this is NOT a balanced piece and the CP should be embarrassed at the lack of 'getting under covers' and reporting the real story i.e. BT dominance to continue with £6m of 'our' money!

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by Colin Russell

13th February 2013, at 16:25:10

Surprize, Surprize, Shanklin getting high speed broadband,i don,t think that we help you come May, PUGH, !

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by Jake Wallace

13th February 2013, at 15:49:50

You lot better stop using the words , romainian, EU, coucil, Pennyfeathers, Bridge/Tunnel Wightlink red funnel, & to top it off Pugh.

Anything i say ... anything .. else should be fine for the island local residents.

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by geoffrey clynch

13th February 2013, at 15:42:33

dont forget, BT,MI5 and the government will be putting their listening devices onto this, beware!

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