April 16th, 2017
BT/OpenReach are currently finishing the work on the new telephone cabinet that will supply fibre broadband to Stambourne. Their fastest product, called BT Infinity, will probably be offered to those areas of the village that are within a certain distance of the cabinet at Hill Farm where they can guarantee a speed of at least 30Mb/s. However, the “Superfast Essex” scheme, run by Essex County Council have recently updated their likely future coverage of parish and is listing houses further out of the village as being unavailable for Superfast speeds.
I have contacted them for clarification about this and asking if those properties who won’t be offered BT Infinity will be offered a lower speed but still much faster product than is currently available. This is called “BT Unlimited Faster Broadband” and provides speeds upto 25Mb/s using the same technology as BT Inifinity but at a reduced speed due to the distance from the cabinet.
Hopefully, Superfast Essex and BT will clarify this soon and the whole village will benefit from the work they have been doing to bring fibre broadband to Stambourne.
January 29th, 2017
BT have now installed the cabinet at Hill Farm which will provide "Superfast Broadband" to Stambourne.
This involved laying a fibre optic cable from our exchange at Ridgewell and installing the new cabinet, shown left. According to the BT status checker, they will soon be connecting the power and data lines to the cabinet, followed by testing and then they will accept orders. Apparently, this takes up to 4 months.
So, by May or June, people will have fibre broadband available in Stambourne, should they wish to purchase high-speed internet access.
Of course, other options for fast broadband such as County Broadband are still available for those who can receive it, or satellite broadband as an alternative.
However, fibre broadband offers some advantages over other technologies such as those used by County Broadband and satellite broadband such as not being affected by weather and being available to all once the upgrade has taken place. Also, there is no need to install any receiving equipment on the house such as dishes or aerials – all that’s required is a new router, similar in style to the existing ones many people already have.
As mentioned previously in the newsletter, the speed available will largely depending on the distance of your house from the cabinet near Hill Farm but it’s likely that everyone will be able to get at least 10Mb/s, an increase of over 10 times the speed which is currently available.