Andoversford children celebrate Fastershire milestone with 'onesie' summer party
1st August, 2014
Pioneering communications technology has been used for the first time in mainland UK to bring faster broadband to a picturesque village in Gloucestershire.
119 homes and businesses in Andoversford are now able to enjoy some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK following the switching on of the country’s first ‘all-in-one’ fibre broadband cabinet. Normally two cabinets are needed to bring fibre broadband to an area - the existing road-side cabinet and a new one for the fibre technology. By combining all the technology into the ‘onesie’ cabinet the amount of street furniture is reduced – ideal in certain areas of natural beauty or where there are conservation restrictions.
The cabinet is also the 100th to go live as part of the Fastershire faster broadband project.
A special Fastershire village ‘onesie’ summer party was held in the village to mark the important double milestone. Local children dressed up in their ‘onesies’ to help us celebrate Andoversford being the first community to benefit from this new ‘all-in-one’ technology as part of a pilot by Openreach, BT’s local network business.
The children enjoyed a Punch and Judy show and had their faces painted, before the official switching on of the new all-in-one cabinet by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP and County Councillor,
Paul Hodgkinson. Engineers and members of the Fastershire project team were also there to give an insight into the new fibre optic technology as well as to answer questions from villagers.
The 119 premises in Andoversford served by the onesie will now be able to get download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps*. Other premises in the village will be connected to the new fibre optic network with the installation of additional cabinets in the coming months. Work is expected to finish in the Andoversford area by the end of the year.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP and Paul Hodgkinson, County Councillor for Andoversford both welcomed the development.
Geoffrey said: “I am delighted to be able to attend this event marking the arrival of new fast broadband in Andoversford and the surrounding areas. I understand that this single cabinet is the first of its kind in the country. The roll out of superfast broadband will be a huge benefit to the people and businesses of Andoversford and the surrounding areas and I look forward to welcoming faster broadband elsewhere in the Cotswolds in the next few months.”
Paul said: “Making sure rural areas get the same services as towns is vital. That's why I'm pleased that Andoversford is moving into the faster broadband age. The Cotswolds has had real problems with internet speeds and phone signals. I hope this is just the start of a big effort to change that.”
Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, said: “This is fantastic news for Andoversford. Our investment in bringing faster broadband to rural areas is fast becoming a reality for many in the county. Being able to use new and innovative technology demonstrates the art of the possible in taking faster broadband speeds to those areas that would have otherwise been left behind.”
*These are the maximum wholesale speeds available. Speeds may vary.