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Hampshire uses school fibre networks to erase not-spot

A variety of partners have worked together to create a case, showing that certainly in Hampshire, there is scope for using Public Service Networks such as the fibre services linking schools to also connect residents.

The village of Little London now has people connecting to the hybrid FTTC/Wireless service which has people running at speeds of 30 to 40 Mbps and uploading material at 10 to 15 Mbps, previously about the best they could hope for was 0.5Mbps. The village had very limited broadband service previously and through the partnership of Hampshire County Council, Magdalene, Netadmin, Fluidata and Virgin Media there is now a live service.

"We wanted this project to have extra credibility by being open and allowing any service provider to get involved. Where we are now, the residents of Little London, Hampshire have superfast broadband, with the choice of 30 different service providers. This would not have been possible without Netadmin and the other partners, Magdalene and Fluidata. These parties together enable a platform that allows residents to connect to a world of new services."

Glyn Paton, Manager Hampshire County Council’s rural broadband project

Takeup looks encouraging, with projections of 60 to 70%, the age old problem of people waiting for existing contracts to expire so they can signup means some will wait a few months before migrating across to the new network. Interestingly IFNL who provide Gigabit fibre are joined to the network, which should help to ensure the longterm nature of the project, and also help with more fibre to the premises being rolled out in Hampshire.

Fluidata operates a Service Exchange Platform, which is connected to some forty providers around the UK and interconnects onto the BT WBC ADSL2+ platform, O2 national network, IFNL and Digital Region. With Fluidata operating as an exchange platform there is a lot more scope for small community projects and other BDUK projects to utilise the platform, and immediately ensure a wide range of providers are available on any new infrastructure.

A presentation by NetAdmin at the Next Gen York roadshow, reveals a little more about the project which involved running a 1km fibre between the villages, an upgrade to the schools connection, a cabinet for the VDSL service and a telegraph pole. For those curious to know how much this service costs residents, we found some pricing on IDNET, which has packages ranging from £35.73 to £67.41 a month.


sounds promising

  • omnius
  • over 8 years ago

Sound promising but bit of a rip off in my opinion.

If it was say £100-200 initial setup for something like fiber and then £35-40 then i would say ok but for the top packadge to only offer 40Mb and cost near £60 a month on its own is just extortion, i'd stay on 2Mb for that price until it come down!

  • Zero967
  • over 8 years ago

That's the cost of provision in not spots by smaller entities. Simple economics.

  • themanstan
  • over 8 years ago

we have the coop here using a schools fibre connection as well, I have no idea why these ideas are not been used much more.

  • chrysalis
  • over 8 years ago


If you'll permit me, I think you've missed the point. Fludiata are acting as a conduit, 40 ISP's will now be providers in this region as they are plugged in to Fluidata's platform. Surely then the reality is that different pricing models will encourage competition and choice for the if you feel that one price is too high, select another from one of the other 39 ISP's.

  • 303pedro
  • over 8 years ago

@zero967 Most people in that area had 0.5 Meg or slower, so that meant even LQ YouTube would buffer.

The extra useability is of course a personal decision, but seems many are happy with the pricing. IDNet was just the one price example I was able to easily find.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

Having suffered years of below 1meg rural bband, I would happily pay £100 a month for this

  • KevG123
  • over 8 years ago

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