Just six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching that found in the rest of the world.
The first to benefit from this are businesses, schools and hospitals as they get to try out the “full-fibre” network technology. Trouble is we all know what a load of fibre can do in your diet.
The trials will run in Aberdeenshire, Bristol, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Manchester, West Sussex and West Yorkshire.
The government claim today that they will spend about £10m getting the trials up and running. We are yet to be told if this is ‘new’ money or just the basic Tory-Con of ‘different’ money originally allocated for something else.
The technology involved is known as full-fibre because it takes high-speed cables directly to premises and homes rather than a roadside cabinet which then uses slower copper wires. It‘s this final link to homes and other buildings that slows it all down.
Currently full-fibre networks are only available to about 2% of UK homes but the government hopes that the projects will significantly boost the availability of the technology which exists around the world. Not a promise – just a hope.
What is a full fibre broadband diet?
“How we live and work today is directly affected by how good our broadband connection is,” said Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.
Faster, more reliable connections would create jobs, help new industries to emerge and let people work more flexibly, he claims. So why has it taken so long Jones?
However, broadband market analysts have pointed out that gigabit-capable cables would be shared with many different premises, suggesting that actual data download speeds would be much lower than the theoretical maximum. Put simply, it gets shared between the users at the time.
The gigabit speeds that are possible with full-fibre are much faster than the 10 megabits per second (mbps) which the regulator Ofcom says modern families need to meet their requirements.
Last month, the government published information about the work being done on its broadband delivery programme, which aims to improve download speeds across the UK. It claimed that 93% of premises in the UK can now get superfast broadband services, which run at speeds of about 24mbps. Check your speed – LINK
Cash for the gigabit-speed broadband pilots comes from a £200m fund announced in the budget earlier this year. Agh! There it is! Money used twice – the old Tory trick again!! So where will the rest of this money go? Your guess is as good as ours.