Hello Neighbour,

I’ve recently contacted Openreach ( the provider of most of the telephone and data infrastructure across the UK) to see if its possible to get Ultra Fast (up to 1000Mbps) full fibre internet into our homes.

You can use the following website to run a speed test to see how fast your connection really is https://fast.com/

  • ADSL has been around for quite a few years and replaced the older dial-up style connection with speeds up to 24Mbps

  • FTTC (Fibre To the Cabinet) or Superfast Broadband superceded ADSL with speeds up to 80Mbps

  • FTTP/H (Fibre To The Premises/Home) is a full fibre connection all the way through and the fastest we can currently achieve with speeds up to 1000Mbps.

To put this into perspective, you’re probably getting either up to 24Mbps or up to 80Mbps using ADSL or FTTC technologies respectively. Here at number 56 Frys lane, we get around 52Mbps.

It turns out that there is a central government scheme (https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/) topped up by an additional Hampshire County Council scheme (https://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/top-up/) that can provide for up £3000 of the installation costs (installing fibre in a non fibre area is expensive by all accounts).

There is no obligation at this point to proceed and the reason for asking for your details is that the scheme requires two or more households to register an interest as a community project before Openreach can carry out a survey and calculate costings, presumably as it becomes more cost effective for them to carry out work on two or more properties in the near vicinity?

The deadline for the signup process has now passed and I will pass on the relevant details to Openreach to start the next phase of the project.

Thanks to all of you who expressed an interest and I will be in touch soon.