The project to improve broadband speeds across Surrey is underway, and the first phase delivering improved services around Redhill has delivered meaning some 15,000 homes can benefit from access to a better broadband service.
The Superfast Surrey website has also had a makeover, with a new postcode check map that shows the postcodes in the intervention area and the approximate date for when the improved service is expected to be available.
The current stated target is for the project to end in 2014 with some 80,000 premises getting access to a broadband speed of 15 Mbps or faster. It is not clear if this is a revised total for the number of properties as 90,000 was previously mentioned at the contract signing. The low sounding figure of 15 Mbps hides the fact that many thousands will get significantly faster speeds, if they upgrade to the more expensive and faster products.
We will continue to track the speeds across Surrey and the rest of the UK, but looking at the results for the County we currently see 10% of speed tests at 2 Mbps or slower, and a median download speed of 12.1 Mbps (postcodes that are in the London Boroughs of Croydon (15.3 Mbps), Kingston (15.2 Mbps) and Sutton (17.9 Mbps) are not included in these figures. As the project progresses we should see the first figure decrease and the second increase hopefully.