Village gets green light for faster web upgrade

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A BOROUGH village will soon benefit from BT’s superfast broadband after the company announced major investment plans in the south east.

Turgis Green is included in the latest phase of BT’s £2.5billion broadband roll-out.

The company is connecting another 25,000 homes and businesses in Hampshire during 2013, taking the total number for the whole county to around 500,000.

In 2010, Basingstoke was one of the first places in the UK to be given faster broadband speeds when BT’s Openreach team upgraded cabinets in the town.

BT said the investment is expected to give a lift to the local economy, and that during the next 15 years, it could give the economy of a typical town a £143million boost, create 225 new jobs and 140 new start-up businesses.

Turgis Green is included on the latest phase of the roll-out, along with Shirley, in Southampton, and Titchfield.

John Weaver, BT’s south east regional director, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in these new locations is a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.

“The benefits are major and wide-ranging. As our new fibre network expands across the south east, it also brings new potential for offering essential public services online and cost saving across the sectors.

“Local firms and households that make the switch to fibre broadband will be able to do so much more with their connection, whether they’re using it for business, entertainment, education, social networking or shopping – or all of these at once. They’re joining more than 10 million premises, now involved in our fibre network, and becoming part of one of the fastest roll-outs of the technology anywhere in the world.”

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council, added: “This is excellent news for many more people in and around Shirley, Titchfield and Turgis Green.

“They’re the latest in Hampshire who will soon have access to the next generation of internet services. Reliable, fast connections can make all the difference to education and business, and give people much greater scope for interaction with the world around them. In a tough economic climate, this local investment from BT will help make Hampshire an even better place to live, work and do business.”

BT’s fibre broadband offers download speeds of up to 80mpbs and upload speeds of up to 20mpbs, when the fibre is delivered to the street cabinet. The UK’s current average broadband speed is 7.6mbps.

Mr Weaver said: “It’s increasingly important that those living in our more rural areas don’t miss out.”

He added: “We want to help the UK achieve world-class digital connectivity and make sure the communities where we provide services and jobs remain vibrant, strong and connected.”

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10:00pm Sat 30 Jun 12

Sam_Walker 123456 says...

Turgis Green? Little Turgis Green, where I bought my first packet of cigarettes. What about Bramley? There are businesses in Bramley that need decent broadband.
Turgis Green? Little Turgis Green, where I bought my first packet of cigarettes. What about Bramley? There are businesses in Bramley that need decent broadband. Sam_Walker 123456
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12:19pm Sun 1 Jul 12

Tocsem says...

@Saw_Walker - The article is rather poorly worded. It gives the exchange name (Turgis Green) but fails to mention that the exchange is now in Sherfield On Loddon (it was moved in the 70s). It also doesn't mention which villages are on the exchange. Those villages include Sherfield On Loddon and large parts of Bramley (although I believe some western parts of Bramley are on the Tadley exchange).
@Saw_Walker - The article is rather poorly worded. It gives the exchange name (Turgis Green) but fails to mention that the exchange is now in Sherfield On Loddon (it was moved in the 70s). It also doesn't mention which villages are on the exchange. Those villages include Sherfield On Loddon and large parts of Bramley (although I believe some western parts of Bramley are on the Tadley exchange). Tocsem
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12:29pm Sun 1 Jul 12

Sam_Walker 123456 says...

Thanks for the explanation. That's good news, that is.
Thanks for the explanation. That's good news, that is. Sam_Walker 123456
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4:11pm Sun 1 Jul 12

Tavistock Superfast Broadband says...

Meanwhile in Tavistock where the economy is obviously not in need of a lift, slow standard digital life goes on and on...
Meanwhile in Tavistock where the economy is obviously not in need of a lift, slow standard digital life goes on and on... Tavistock Superfast Broadband
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5:22pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Sam_Walker 123456 wrote:
Turgis Green? Little Turgis Green, where I bought my first packet of cigarettes. What about Bramley? There are businesses in Bramley that need decent broadband.
I actually don't smoke but my alter ego does if you can believe a word she says that is.
The real Sam_Walker does not have a space before the numbers.
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker 123456[/bold] wrote: Turgis Green? Little Turgis Green, where I bought my first packet of cigarettes. What about Bramley? There are businesses in Bramley that need decent broadband.[/p][/quote]I actually don't smoke but my alter ego does if you can believe a word she says that is. The real Sam_Walker does not have a space before the numbers. Sam_Walker123456
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10:59pm Fri 6 Jul 12

GC31 says...

People moan about broandband speeds but not many people are willing to put their money where their mouth is and pay for it. You can get Infinity down my road, but bet there's not many who pay for it!
People moan about broandband speeds but not many people are willing to put their money where their mouth is and pay for it. You can get Infinity down my road, but bet there's not many who pay for it! GC31
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7:21pm Mon 9 Jul 12

rufus_bolt says...

Totally agree with GC31. People moan about the speed, but you offer them an infinity type product for £95 install plus £30 a month and all of a sudden they don't want it.

Some customers who coughed out in Basingstoke for infinity products last year and now at the end of their contract term, have terminated it as it is so underwhelming.

You can't have champagne broadband for sparkling water money.
Totally agree with GC31. People moan about the speed, but you offer them an infinity type product for £95 install plus £30 a month and all of a sudden they don't want it. Some customers who coughed out in Basingstoke for infinity products last year and now at the end of their contract term, have terminated it as it is so underwhelming. You can't have champagne broadband for sparkling water money. rufus_bolt
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9:53pm Sat 28 Jul 12

BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk says...

Check and share your speeds with other basingstoke residents over at BasingstokeBroadband
.co.uk
Check and share your speeds with other basingstoke residents over at BasingstokeBroadband .co.uk BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk
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