Isle of Wight council to invest £3m in broadband
The Isle of Wight is one of the latest councils to approve its own investment in superfast broadband to the sum of £3m, which once combined with government money and private sector investment gives the Isle of Wight some £15m to extend superfast broadband across the complete island.
"BT’s massive investment is very good news but would not provide the total solution as it would not bring super-fast broadband to some of the Island’s significant towns nor its rural areas.
What we are proposing will mean that rather than having a two-speed Island, we will have super-fast broadband available to everyone wherever they live or work.
In what are very difficult economic times we have made some difficult decisions in order to allow us to invest in our priority areas. One such area is the economy and this investment is a statement of that intent and one that will bring tangible benefit to the Island’s businesses and residents."Councillor Brown, Isle of Wight
Openreach currently has plans to provide FTTC services from cabinets connected to three exchanges on the island, Cowes, Newport and Ryde, which should provide 31,000 homes and businesses with broadband at 25 Mbps or faster. With a population of some 140,000 people, this means that over half the homes on the island would not be getting a service beyond the ADSL (up to 8 Mbps dependant on line length) service available from the other seven exchanges.
The investment will have to follow the usual procurement patterns, and hopefully Fujitsu will be able to make the sums work, and provide the properties ignored by Openreach with a full fibre to the premises service. Apparently work to improve the roads network is underway in 2013, and if any actions like duct clearance, or fibre installation could done at the same time then costs and disturbance to local areas might be minimised.