There are not many more challenging places to run fixed infrastructure to than Holy Island in Northumberland, until recently the exchange on the island only offered an IPStream Max ADSL service, but with the addition of a fibre cabinet outside the exchange the majority of the lines on the island are now able to order a FTTC based service, and any others can benefit from ADSL2+ now being available.
"It has made a massive difference. We’ve gone from a speed of half a megabit per second to about 37.
We provide free wi-fi throughout the hotel because these days people expect to be able to stay connected, however far away they are from everything. Before, the wi-fi hardly worked at all. In one particular guest room, people had to sit on the end of the bed near the door to get a connection. If too many guests were using it at the same time, it meant there wasn’t enough bandwidth for me to get online and deal with the hotel’s admin and correspondence. I’d end up having to switch off the wi-fi just so I’d have enough bandwidth to send an email! Now everything is champion. Returning guests have already commented on how much better the broadband is.Sean Atkinson, from the Lindisfarne Hotel
We looked up the Hotel postcode TD15 2SQ and it is pretty much across the road from the exchange so would have expected more 0.5 Mbps from ADSL, and the reported speed suggests they may have ordered a 40/10 service rather than the 80/20 which is estimated to provide 57.8 to 80 Mbps connection speeds.
The cabinet is around 14km from Berwick and the new fibre involved clearing 90 blockages and working on the A1 with a team of 11 engineering staff. As far as we can tell the majority of premises on the island can now get superfast broadband but there are still some postcodes showing up as exchange only that are close to the exchange, we have sent out an enquiry to find out if network rearrangement will resolve those in the near future.