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“4G” Broadband provision to roll out – at last!

Here are the links to broadband including free support for local businesses

The East Riding County Council are preparing for the new revolution in Internet provision

Hull and the East Riding have as urban and rural  provincial northern areas lagged behind the South in broadband provision.

Never mind 4G – we’ve not even got 3G!

Since 2000, “mobile phone black spots” have persisted – and as many will know, rural Internet “3G” access has remained stubbornly abysmal! Black spots are places where no mobile phone reception is available.

3G wireless Internet access as made available on today’s smart phones is not fast enough for broadband, whereas 4G is and forms the new styandard being rolled-out.

One of the problems is the lack of investment. Another is the permanent nature of the old telephone cable  technology and it’s outmoded installation practises

The solution chosen was to erect phone transmitter masts for 4G Wi-Fi connection to households “at the street level” which required digging up old the old copper phone lines.

A chain is only as strong as the weakest link

Unfortunately these old telephone wires were mostly laid unsheathed directly in the ground over 100 years ago and replacing them with underground sheathed fibre-optic cables for Wi-Fi access requires a complete up-ending of all cable routing!

Having tubes and sheathes means the telephone wires and cables can be slotted in and out between broadcast masts located every few hundred metres or so along a street for replacement and extension -without requiring to dig up all the ground including pavements and roads in between!

Has KC held the monopoly on local telecommunications in the region for too long?

Competition improves service provision!

KC’s monopoly (and old technology) extends through much of East Yorkshire as well as Hull. Was a lack of vision to invest in the regions broadband shown by the directors of KC post 1998? Everyone including the Hull Council, KC directors and private shareholders were all too keen to cash-in on the KC share boom when the shares peaked at over £17.00!

For want of a nail ..

Actually it was an unfortunate mistake, as the choice of “ADSL” technology for sending ‘compressed’ broadband including internet ‘narrowcast’ tv along the existing copper telephone wires failed to deliver in terms of range, loading and speed. Instead of choosing the more expensive replacement fiber-optic cables, the technology failed to deliver and had to be abandoned.

See how our region has lagged behind in Internet provision!

Yorkshire Post, Saturday March 07, 2015