Superfast broadband is available in Litton Cheney now. Find out more HERE
Broadband is a way of connecting to the internet. It allows information to be carried at high speed to your personal computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV or other web-enabled device.The two most common types of fixed-line broadband in the UK are ADSL and fibre.ADSLADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is delivered through the copper wires of your phone line giving speeds up to 24 megabits per second (Mbps) depending on how far you live from your telephone exchange. This has largely been superseded within the Bride Valley area by fibre broadband.FIBREFibre broadband is delivered via clusters of fibre optic cables (each one thinner than a human hair) offering speeds much faster than ADSL. There are two types of fibre broadband.Fibre-to-the-Cabinet' (FTTC), where fibre optic cables run from the telephone exchange to street cabinets before using standard copper telephone wires to connect to homes. Litton Cheney now has this “superfast” service available, theoretically offering speeds ranging from 38Mbit/s to 76Mbit/s. Fibre-to-the-premises' (FTTP) which, as the name suggests, involves fibre optic cables running directly to your home, offering speeds up to 1Gbit/s (i.e. 1,000Mbit/s). It is this “ultrafast” service which a working group is seeking to bring to Litton Cheney and other Bride Valley villages.Do I need Ultrafast Broadband?The answer to this question is entirely dependent upon how you intend to use your broadband and the number of users in your home; the more users and higher demand functions you use, the better your broadband will need to be. For most, a Superfast package is likely to offer more than enough for you to be able to browse, stream, listen, and watch as much as you’d like, even with multiple devices doing so at once. You will only run into issues with the speeds offered by a Superfast package once multiple users are starting to run high demand programs simultaneously, such as gamers who stream via Twitch as they play, for example. An Ultrafast package will easily be able to handle this increased demand, with blistering speeds up to 900Mbps being offered consistently throughout your home.With the increase in demand and speed, you can often see a differentiation in price between Superfast and Ultrafast broadband, so you’ll also need to consider the financial side of these packages to ensure that the option you choose is aligned with the amount you can feasibly afford.
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
SummaryJanuary will see Openreach’s engineers up poles and in roadways cleaning out existing ducting. (actually they’ve started already).April is the planned month for the first properties to go live in the main areas of Litton Cheney and Long Bredy.More detailedAs we understand it, work has already been going on during December in the main exchanges. From those, main spine cables will be installed taking the main cabling to areas for distribution at a splitter (1-32). From here the cabling fans out to Customer Box Terminals on poles (CBT terminals). CBTs may be installed before cabling connections from the splitters are made, so if you see them don’t expect immediate connection. Then, when all these main cables are up and running the connection to properties will begin.Delays and road closuresHomes that have existing cabling underground may suffer delays as it is more difficult to connect them, in which case the new supply may have to go above ground. You may have to negotiate the installation route with Openreach.Openreach may have to arrange road closures such as Whiteways in Litton for the work to take place, or where poles are jointly used with other utilities. At some point it may even be necessary for the partial road closure of the A35 to enable a safe working environment whilst installing these cables.Please be patient. After all the effort that’s been put in by everybody, Fast Fibre is on its way and with fingers crossed we should be connected soon. Litton Cheney and Long Bredy main streets will probably be the first to go live, followed by Compton Vallance, then the more outlying areas.That’s the current plan as we understand it.
Ultrafast Broadband for Litton Cheney, Long Bredy & Kingston Russell