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180 tenants in Belfast to gain FTTC/FTTH broadband
Friday 18 January 2008 18:01:59 by Andrew Ferguson

20Mbps may not be a record breaking speed, but is certainly well above the average connection speed in the UK. Some 180 Housing Association tenants in Belfast look set to benefit from fibre to the home (FTTH) or fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband delivery.

The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI), Clanmil Housing, Virgin Media and Bytel Networks have worked together on the trial providing infrastructure capable of delivering 20Mbps and faster.

The information and knowledge gained from this trial will help shape our future strategy for broadband services in Northern Ireland. Working with the Department for Social Development and Clanmil Housing on this trial, we now know that high speed broadband can be delivered through fibre optics at a reasonable cost into new housing developments.”

Economy Minister Nigel Dodds commenting on trial

The trial involved Bytel providing a fibre to the home system for 10 homes with Virgin Media providing fibre to street cabinets and copper from there to the home which was capable of connecting all the properties in the development.

While many will complain that this is just a drop in the ocean in terms of higher speed broadband, from smaller scale deployments like this, experience and confidence is built that helps to encourage wider scale roll-out.

Comments

Posted by Balb0wa over 9 years ago
the quicker we get this to happen all over the uk the better, we should be inovating not stagnating
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
My comments obviously got deleted due to to a person that complained who also sups government based funds (atleast according to google they do).
Ill repeat in a more tactful manner if people look at http://www.clanmil.org/aboutus.html they can see some of the worthwhile and what can be argued not so worthwhile housing associate members this is possibly being supplied to. If this comment is deleted I guess that means the scheme cant be discussed properly as we cant discuss who is to get it.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"see some of the worthwhile and what can be argued not so worthwhile housing associate members" - what is your point here ? that certain sectors of society shouldn't benefit from broadband ?

Presumably download pirates are OK, but older people not ?

Housing associations run social housing schemes with a wide range of tenants, the photos on the website may not represent this but either way your attitude is highly questionable.
Posted by aciddave over 9 years ago
@carpetburn - i understand the point you are making, i like in a housing assoc. rented house, and yes, most of the people living on the estate are single parents like myself. most of them don't have a computer or the funds to buy one. it does sound like they haven't looked at the demographic of the people most likely to live in these types of houses.
Posted by aciddave over 9 years ago
sorry, last bit should have said 'i LIVE in a housing assoc. rented houe' not like ! lol

Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Presumably download pirates are OK, but older people not ?"
See there you go being an old so and so you automatically i assume i was talking about the older generation, which i was not and was not even in the original comments i made which got deleted.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Housing associations run social housing schemes with a wide range of tenants, the photos on the website may not represent this but either way your attitude is highly questionable."
Well my comments got deleted before so rather than judge this time ill ask, what thoughts as an example the words "Group Housing for Irish Travellers" mean? Still think my attitude of some residents such as Special needs (i.e. people with mental health problems and learning difficulties) deserving it more than some of their other residents are questionable?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"most of the people living on the estate are single parents like myself. most of them don't have a computer or the funds to buy one. it does sound like they haven't looked at the demographic of the people most likely to live in these types of houses."
Also aciddave i imagine some single parents, especially single mums are sick of the attitude from others saying they are lazy benefit grabbers (especially ones that do work)... Giving away something like this isnt going to help with that generalised image (which was one of the points i tried to make originally be it in less polite terms).
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Maybe herdwick and the complainer of my original posts and the person that deleted them can understand now "worthwhile housing associate members" doesnt always have to be meant in a derogatory manner.
Of course it can be meant in a derogatory fashion also, which is another thing i was trying to illustrate before someone went politically correct on my removed posts. Some housing associate members clanmil housing have are more worth of the scheme than others... For many reasons.
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