posted 8 Jun 2013, 05:32 by Wellington Heath Cap
updated 15 Dec 2015, 07:57 by M Bain
Fibre to the cabinet broadband is available in Wellington Heath.
There is a fibre connection to the cabinet (cabinet 6 Ledbury Exchange) at the bottom of beggars ash and from there on it is copper wire to your house.
This means that download and upload speeds vary significantly according to how far away from the cabinet you live.
Those at the South end of the Village can expect significantly improved speeds if they opt for fibre to the cabinet broadband ( as the picture at the end of this article shows) but those at the top of the Common, for example, are only likely to improve speeds by about 25% at best. A word of caution though some people have found that their upload speed has reduced after switching to FTTC even though the download speed has increased. Speak to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if this happens or better still check expected upload and download speeds before you switch.
Download speed / distance for normal broadband over copper cables under ideal circumstances is as follows. The cabinet is approximately 1.4 km from the exchange and the distance from the cabinet to the south end of the village is about 0.8 to 0.9 km and the the north end of the village it is about 1.9 to 2 km from the cabinet. These are straight line distances so the real length of the cables to your house will be longer.
If you opt for FTTC and copper from there to your house speeds under ideal circumstances are as follows:
As part of the neighbourhood development plan work a meeting was held in October 2015 with Ian Binks, regional partnership director at BT. Whilst BT has long term objectives to make higher speed broadband more widely available there are no current plans to improve the broadband service to Wellington Heath. However there is the possibility of a community funded broadband upgrade costing around £30,000. This would bring fibre into the village with correspondingly shorter runs of copper wire to individual properties, making high speed broadband more uniformly available, attaining speeds akin to or better than those currently enjoyed by only a few parishioners in the southern parts of Horse Road and Ledbury Road.
Another way of getting faster broadband is to subscribe to a satellite broadband service. This link answers some frequently asked questions about satellite broadband: Satellite broadband information. The main problem is that such services are more expensive than cable based systems and thhere are download limits on contracts. There are several suppliers of satellite services this is a link to one such supplier: Example satellite broadband supplier.