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Boutique hotel services boosted by faster broadband

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"Since the upgrade, things have improved immeasurably. Guests have access to a good quality connection rather than have the connection timeout and lead to a great deal of frustration."

The Manor hotel

Up until recently, the village of Weston-on-the-Green received a broadband speed of less than 1mbps. That was until the end of August when the village was enabled with superfast broadband via the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.

Nick Vincent is the Front Manager of The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, a hotel and restaurant in the village. Nick was very keen for better broadband to be activated in the village so that he could finally offer Wi-Fi to the guests, worthy of the name.

“Previously it was pitiful, the guests couldn’t use the internet here and had to rely on mobile signals, which can be equally as poor. People expect to be able to get the internet when they stay in hotels and it was something that we were very disappointed in not being able to offer.

“Since the upgrade, things have improved immeasurably. Guests have access to a good quality connection rather than have the connection timeout and lead to a great deal of frustration.

“But it’s not just the guests who are benefitting, myself and the other members of the team are enjoying the benefits. Even when working on the desktop computer connected directly to the router, we were struggling to get things done. Now, we can use the computer, laptops and our mobile devices happily and easily.

“It really has been fantastic and has given the whole village a real lift. Village life can feel a little isolating at times so to have all the available communications working really means a lot to so many.”