A recent BBC news story has revealed the frustration being felt by some rural communities as they battle with very poor internet connectivity while some residents try to work from home.
One of the story’s featured subjects said he was struggling with a 5Mbps connection. Despite trying to club together with his neighbours to get Openreach to deliver a superfast connection to their rural location, they could not quite stretch to £101,855!
Sadly, it is not as simple as turning on a switch. This connection would require the installation of a new cable along roads and fields, either underground or across poles, which could involve civil engineering costs of road closures or the erection of several poles.
Locations like this are not off-grid but they are very much limping along, which is unhelpful as the current pandemic means more people than ever are working from home.
Openreach estimates 600,000 premises across the UK are still struggling on broadband speeds below 10Mbps and is trying to rectify some of these issues with the roll-out of a new fibre network to replace ageing broadband and telephone services. This is a costly and lengthy process.
Other internet companies are also doing their bit. In the South West, Jurassic Fibre is rolling out its own superfast network to serve areas where decent connectivity has been hard to come by. Thus far, they have reached areas on the outskirts of Exeter through to Exmouth. They are now quite literally ploughing on into Honiton, Taunton, Yeovil, Wellington, Barnstaple and villages near Ottery St Mary.
Jurassic’s broadband FTTP products range from speeds of 300Mbps to 950Mbps, which obviously offer a vast improvement to home workers and others still struggling on less than 10Mbps. However, it is important to not be seduced by speed. These broadband connections do not come with service agreement levels that businesses need to ensure they are not crippled by being offline for too long in the event of a fault. Their FTTP service also does not offer multiple static IP addresses that are often critical to businesses, but one IP may suffice.
We always recommend leased lines to businesses so they can gain everything that is lacking in a broadband product with download and upload speeds ranging from a 100Mbps to a mega-fast 10Gbps! The resilience and capacity is key here, and as businesses rely more and more on cloud-based products, these will become more important in the future. You can read more around this topic in our blog, Why the bearer size is important when it comes to leased lines. Jurassic supply these too!
Other network providers may also offer mouth-watering speeds, but most are still using the network being deployed by Openreach. There are some exceptions though, so it is always worthwhile checking with an unbiased connectivity reseller like us, who will check all the options available to you.
Even when Openreach completes its current fibre rollout by the end of 2025 (or earlier for some areas, e.g. in Exeter the copper withdrawal date is June 2023) this will still be a broadband product. A business that relies on connectivity needs more, so do not just wait for a broadband upgrade. Seek out some advice on leased lines. Please do not hesitate to contact me to find out more or to find when your copper withdrawal date is likely to be