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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.


Simultaneous use

With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.


Work from home

Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.


Keep files in the cloud

Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.


Stream films & TV shows in seconds

With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.


Take an online learning course

With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.


Maintain independence

New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.

Stream films & TV shows in seconds

Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?

Visit: Do it online in Herefordshire Visit: Do it online in Gloucestershire

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Free 'Introduction to the Internet' sessions for communities in Herefordshire

Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? 

Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. 

To find out more please email go-online@fastershire.com. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.




Go-online@fastershire Grant funding to help community organisations, groups and clubs in Herefordshire

Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.

Click here for further information and an application form or email go-online@fastershire.com




Online Training Resources

Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  It's also got courses and resources to help you inspire people in your community to use the internet and help them improve their digital skills - including a 'How to be a Digital Champion' course.  

We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.

Computer Training in Herefordshire

There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners. Information about just some of the training offered is available here.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact the organiser for up-to-date information on whether they are open and offering training.

For details of the free monthly workshops at Libraries in Herefordshire visit our events page.  These aren't running currently due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please complete the form and we will contact you as soon as this changes. 

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.  Please contact them for up-to-date information on whether they are currently able to offer training. 

If you would like to be notified about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please complete this form.  

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected to Gigaclear's ultrafast broadband network, with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

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Get Found Online - Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Essentials

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Location: Civic Suite, Regus Building, North Warehouse,The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP

Date: Friday 9th March 2018

Time: 12:00-14:30

Learn how to boost online traffic and ensure its found by the right kind of visitors. 
In this FREE workshop from Faster Business our advisor, Ben Kinnaird, will share with you some of the tools and techniques that will help you improve your search engine rankings so you have a best chance of being on the first page of Google.
The workshop will cover
  • Overview of how search engine optimisation (SEO) works
  • Identify the strengths and weakness of your website
  • Keywords and how to find them
  • Create content that search engines will love and your readers will share
  • Using social media help your SEO
A complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees as well as a time to network.

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Civic Suite, Regus Building, North Warehouse,The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP

FREE Beginners' Training

Get the most out of the internet with FREE training from Fastershire in Ross-on-Wye and Cinderford.

Booking is essential, please call 01432 260026.

No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided if required.  


The Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, HR9 7QD

How to use your tablet
Wednesday 6 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use the internet
Monday 11 June,10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Friday 22 June, 5pm-7pm


Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, GL14 2AB

How to use the internet
Tuesday 5 June, 10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use your tablet 
Monday 18 June, 5pm-7pm  

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