Up to 100 Mbps broadband now available to Colnbrook and Wraysbury residents

Superfast fibre broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps is now available to some residents in Colnbrook and Wraysbury following the completion of a new fibre network.

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Call Flow Solutions, which positions itself as an “alternative network provider” announced last week that it had completed delivery of a contract linked to the local Superfast Berkshire project, which has expanded the reach of its 30Mbps+ capable fibre broadband network to an extra 1,750 premises.

The contract, supported with public funding of £415,000 and a £120,000 contribution from Call Flow itself, was originally agreed in July 2015 and the original plan has been to complete the delivery of the new network by mid-2016.

The Superfast Berkshire project started in 2011, as part of a Government subsidised national programme, to improve broadband coverage in areas deemed not commercially viable for the private sector. The original aims of the project were to ensure all Berkshire premises could access basic broadband, at speeds of 2Mbps or faster, and at least 90% of Berkshire premises could access superfast broadband, at speeds of 24Mbps or faster.

The project is backed by all six Berkshire unitary council and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Colnbrook and Poyle has lagged behind the rest of Berkshire in the rollout of "super fast" broadband (map updated February 2016)

Colnbrook and Poyle has lagged behind the rest of Berkshire in the rollout of “super fast” broadband (map updated February 2016)

In total some 1,750 homes and businesses in parts of Windsor, Wraysbury, Burchett’s Green and Colnbrook have benefited from the installation of 12 new “Fibre to the Cabinet” (FTTC) VDSL2 street cabinets. The technology allows speeds of “up to 100 Mbps” and the company says that early performance has shown that all of those who have connected to the new network are currently gaining a consistent download speed of at least 80Mbps.

While parts of the village have access to Virgin’s cable broadband and speeds of up to 200 Mbps, Colnbrook and Poyle have lagged behind the rest of Berkshire in the rollout of “superfast” broadband.  Cllr Sohail Munawar, then commissioner for economic and social inclusion, welcomed the first 262 Colnbrook homes to superfast a full two years ago. Yet, even in March last year, there were no plans to extend coverage further as Colnbrook Views highlighted at the time.

While Call Flow’s network is still dependent on the wider BT/Openreach network, the company will operate the local (“sub-loop unbundled”) network itself, offering an alternative to existing broadband suppliers in the area such as BT, Plusnet, Sky, and TalkTalk. The cheapest monthly superfast package is understood to be £43.77 including line rental.

Emails have been sent to individuals who have previously registered on the Superfast Berkshire website advising of the new offering and more information can be found on the Call Flow website.

But beware: no prices are listed and the coverage checker on the company’s website is hardcoded to promote radio broadband, the company’s antenna-based alternative to fibre broadband.

 

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