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.
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.
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.
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.
With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.
With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.
New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.
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?
Pudleston in north Herefordshire is one of the communities that we be fibre enabled under phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout. Phase 2 will be delivered by Gigaclear and will provide a new full fibre network and access to speeds up to 1000mbps.
In these community diaries the residents of Pudleston will document their experiences throughout the deployment.
To see if your property is included in phase 2 or if you can already access faster broadband, please use the address checker above.
The 'Keep Connected' grant is being offered by Herefordshire Council and Fastershire to help groups and organisations in Herefordshire change their approach so that they can continue to deliver their activity, service or support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Groups and organisations can access a grant up to £500 to fund new software subscriptions, online platforms or technology, such as microphones, headsets, cameras or large screens, and will have access to free expert support to help them set-up and operate the new technology. Community groups, registered charities, Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies and Parish/Town Councils may email@example.com .
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online. These face-to-face group sessions are currently unable to take place due to COVID-19 restrictions, however please do get in touch if you would like us to let you know when they restart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Civic Suite, Regus Building, North Warehouse,The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP
Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Civic Suite, Regus Building, North Warehouse,The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP
Below is a list of videos from our YouTube channel.
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
Faster broadband is being rolled out across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between now but it is not possible to flick a switch to make every area go live on the same day and some areas will go live before this. Register your interest today and we'll let you know when you can order.