by the end of 2018
Better Broadband for Oxfordshire spreads some seasonal cheer; More rural communities get online boost in time for Christmas.
The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire partnership has delivered some early Christmas cheer to several more rural communities – including to Christmas Common itself.
The seasonally-named South Oxfordshire hamlet is one of the latest places to benefit from the partnership roll-out, which is being led by Oxfordshire County Council and BT, as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.
Other communities where fibre broadband has recently gone ‘live’ include the Grange Road area of Banbury, Britwell Salome, Cuxham, Nettlebed, Nuffield, Park Corner and the Oxford Road area of Swinford.
The wide-ranging benefits include:
High quality, speedy online access when connecting several devices to the internet at the same time;
Playing games, streaming music and watching catch-up television without any buffering;
Using the internet for homework, shopping and other services more quickly and easily;
Being able to quickly share large files and photos via email and over the internet.
Councillor Nick Carter, Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for Local Government, Business, ICT & Customer Services said: “We are delighted to have been able to bring a little Christmas cheer to this appropriately named hamlet in rural south Oxfordshire, and look forward to extending this during 2017.”
Around 70,000 households and businesses across Oxfordshire are now able to get superfast fibre broadband as a result of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire (BBfO) roll-out. Across the county as a whole, more than 274,000 premises now have access to faster fibre broadband when the BBfO programme is combined with the private sector’s commercial roll-out of the technology.
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for broadband partnerships, said: “This is a great time of year to get high-speed broadband. At this busy time, we rely on the internet more than ever to get things done. Whether it’s working from home, running a business, doing homework or internet shopping – everything is easier and faster with fibre broadband.”
The pace of the roll-out has been welcomed by Peter Richardson, of local community group Connect8, who has been campaigning for better broadband in the South Chilterns area.
He said: “The arrival of superfast fibre broadband in Christmas Common is a breakthrough milestone in the long-running drive to bring a good broadband service to South Oxfordshire, with neighbouring areas following during 2017.”
Residents and businesses choosing to upgrade will be able to get download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (80Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps*. Because the Openreach network is ‘open,’ local people can choose from a wide range of fibre broadband providers.
People can follow the progress of the roll-out via the project website: http://www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.org.uk
Notes to Editors
* These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.