You can boost your Broadband speeds with alternative options
There are several options available to people wanting to improve their broadband speeds whilst waiting to access fibre broadband.
Alternative options include 4G, Wireless and Satellite broadband.
If your current broadband speeds aren’t fast enough, these alternative solutions offer a short term fix until fibre broadband become available.
A Shropshire business, Corve Barn Farm (http://www.corvebarnfarm.co.uk/) is now enjoying a boost in its broadband speeds having recently had wireless broadband installed.
Struggling with slow speeds, Margaret and Chris Davies, the business owners, applied for a grant through the business connection voucher scheme, funded by Broadband Delivery UK and administered by Digital Birmingham.
Margaret Davies, co-owner of Corve Barn Farm, said:
“The fitting of the system was all done in one morning and caused minimal disruption. It was very quick. We now get 30mbps (download) and 4mbps (upload), so it’s much faster. It will save us time on VAT online, bookings, banking, shopping, everything. This solution is fast enough to do the job quickly.
“It’s been fantastic for us, and it’s going to change our work life, home life, everything.”
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Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council Cabinet member responsible for broadband, said:
“Fibre broadband is available to many homes and businesses in the Shropshire Council area, but the Council know that there is still more to be done. Work to roll-out fibre broadband will continue to 2018, but I appreciate the frustration of those people not yet within reach of a fibre broadband service who are unable to access the internet.
Whilst not all properties have access to a fibre broadband service, some people may already be able to benefit from alternative broadband technologies such as wireless, 4G mobile and satellite. If your broadband speeds are not fast enough for your needs, I’d recommend looking at alternative broadband providers.”
What are my options for Better Broadband?
You can check current and planned availability of fibre broadband services in the Shropshire Council area at:
4G MOBILE BROADBAND
You may be able to get a 4G mobile broadband connection, which can provide download speeds averaging 15+mbps (To find out more, go to: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/4G/what-is-4g/).
You can check current availability of 4G mobile broadband services at the Ofcom mobile coverage checker: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage.
Some parts of the Shropshire Council area are covered by wireless broadband service providers. You can check whether they cover your area by visiting the following websites:
- Airband Community Internet Ltd
- EPX Technical Services
- ITS Technology Group – eXwavia
- Rural Tech Cloud
- Secure Web Services Ltd
- Simply WISP
- Userve Internet
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Shropshire Council will shortly be introducing a Basic Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which is a national initiative designed by Broadband Delivery UK to provide access to a satellite broadband service for the homes and businesses that are unable to receive broadband download speeds in excess of 2 megabits per second (mbps), and are not currently planned to benefit from the superfast broadband roll out. We’ll publish more details about this as soon as we can.