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Hannington Parish Council, Hampshire

Broadband

Hannington Parish Council has been liaising with the Hampshire County Council Superfast Broadband Programme team for over three years, with the aim of drawing attention to Hannington parish's need for business quality broadband services in the community.

The parish council had compiled research in 2013 into the existing expected broadband service speeds according to OFCOM vs. BT Wholesale for the Kingsclere Ward. Discrepancies were passed onto the HCC Broadband Programme Team to correct premises broadband classifications which may have precluded the new service being provided to them.

Excellent News reported to the Parish Council meeting 9th May 2017... Superfast Broadband is coming to Hannington.

Cllr Hertz reported that Hannington was specifically discussed at the 3rd May BT/HCC programme meeting.

“. . . BT Openreach has put forward a projected timescale for the installation of Kingsclere R1 which will serve Hannington.

“Work may start in the area between January and March 2018 but I don’t expect services to be live before Q1 - April to June 2018. Obviously we will push BT to bring services on stream as quickly as possible (BT is not paid until the cabinet goes live) but I would rather give realistic timeframes, hence the 3 month leeway.”              

                                                  Source: Glenn Peacey, HCC Superfast Broadband. 4th May ’17.Update

The provisional technical ‘solution’ now being undertaken is to provide a fibre optic link from Hannington Mast to a ‘box’, probably sited on the mini triangle at the north end of the village.  The fibre optic line will come across country and may require five(?) telegraph poles. Cllr Hertz advised the meeting that the above solution would mean that residents in Hannington Village would be able to receive ‘Superfast Broadband’ by the middle of next year.  The actual speed for each home would depend on a range of factors, primarily the distance they are from the ‘box’.  However, we are talking about speeds of 24+Mbps.  As far Cllrs Hertz knows, this is the only such solution being delivered by the HCC Superfast Broadband Programme.

The Council noted what a major development this would be for the village and thanked Cllr Hertz for all his efforts over the last three years in ‘persuading’ the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme to find a solution for Hannington.

Cllr Hertz advised that this solution was limited to those living within the ‘village’ and did not apply to the four ‘satellites’ of Ibworth, North Oakley, White Lane and Plantation Farm.

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As a whole, Hannington Parish is currently served by four exchanges with indicative broadband speeds ranging up to 1-2Mbps according to BT Wholesale.

 

Wave 2 Programme for Superfast Broadband

Hannington Village is included in the Wave 2 superfast roll-out programme with BT plans to install additional infrastructure, however, BT Openreach are undertaking detailed planning so the timing of the upgrade is unknown.

To get information regarding the roll-out of superfast broadband to your postcode go to the 'HCC Superfast Broadband' website.

Universal Service Commitment - Better Basic broadband Subsidy Scheme

If your area is not included in the Superfast Broadband Programme, Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is supporting the national Universal Service Commitment. The scheme offers residents with broadband connections of less than 2Mbps the opportunity to apply for a subsidy towards the installation and set up of a satellite or fixed wireless broadband solution. 

In some circumstances, residents can aggregate their subsidies and put the combined funding towards a fixed wireless or fixed line superfast broadband service for the wider community.

To see more on the alternative solutions go to the 'HCC Broadband Programme' website.

Note that the fixed wireless solution provider currently serving Hannington parish is 'HiWiFi' present in Ibworth, Hannington Village and North Oakley.

How Broadband Works - for techies

The website www.thinkbroadband.com provides broadband news and information with an article for those who wish to know more technical detail found at https://www.thinkbroadband.com/how-broadband-works

 

 

Page updated 28th August 2017... with 'How Broadband Works'