Better Broadband

The government’s ambition is to deliver nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible. More than 57 percent of UK homes and businesses - that’s 17.5 million properties - can now access the fastest broadband speeds available, and the UK is on track for 85% gigabit coverage by 2025, and then push further towards 100% coverage.

The market continues to make good progress but public funding is required to support the rollout to parts of the country that are not commercially viable. This is why the Budget in 2020 committed £5bn, ensuring that all areas of the UK can benefit equally. The £5bn will be spent through a package of co-ordinated and mutually supportive interventions, collectively known as Project Gigabit.

Hampshire is in Phase 1b of the public procurement element of Project Gigabit. An Open Market Review was conducted last year to determine which premises in Hampshire are likely to be reached by the market. A public procurement exercise is now underway to appoint a supplier to connect uncommercial premises (the estimated number of Hampshire premises within the scope of the public procurement is 148,100).  The estimated contract commencement for Hampshire is January to March 2023

For the latest update on Project Gigabit, go to: Project Gigabit Delivery Plan: winter update - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Types and costs of Broadband packages

Information on the different types of broadband is available at: https://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/switch-on/types-of-broadban…

Ofcom, the communications regulator, has accredited various price comparison organisations so individuals can check which companies can provide internet services (for specific postcodes) and the relative costs of the various packages on offer.

More details are available at www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/costs-and-billing/price-comparison

 

Broadband speeds and mobile phone coverage

Local data and maps on broadband connectivity and speeds (based on Ofcom data) are available, with the latest information for East Hampshire at:

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/constituency-data-broadband-covera…

Residents can check mobile phone coverage and broadband speeds for their postcode using Ofcom’s online mobile and broadband checker service https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

News

More progress needed on Shared Rural Network

Damian asked today in ministerial questions how the Shared Rural Network initiative can help us locally as despite progress there are still too many mobile 'not spots' in Hampshire:

Shared Rural Network to improve mobile coverage

Damian has welcomed a new £1 billion deal brokered by the Government with mobile phone operators, that will tackle areas of poor mobile coverage locally and in other rural areas across the country.

The rollout of gigabit broadband

Today in Parliament, Damian raised the issue of broadband connections for homes and businesses especially in the more rural parts of East Hampshire. The county council has made encouraging progress but more is needed. See more here: