The First Network has been rolled out across Sulhamstead Hill across to Church Lane, Middle Farm, Camp Road and to Englefield and White House Green. Within our areas we have connected and have active customers in over 50% of the housing stock. That completes Phase 1 of the Rollout. We intend to up the speed to 200Mb/s across this first network towards the back end of the year.
We now have new 200Mb/s circuits into Sulhamstead Hill, Wises Firs and Sulhamstead Bannister and we are providing service. We are looking for houses to act as relay stations so we can cover all of Island Farm Road, Shortheath Lane and Wises Firs.
This is a dedicated service that will provide a service that is significantly faster for each user than a 100Mb/s residential service provided by BT or Gigaclear.
We are now dual routed across the network and can provide routing via two different exchanges across our radio network (Theale and Woodcote), which means we are very much more resilient to network outages. Contact us for dual routing IP addresses. You will need equipment that can use the dual routing.
This completes the core roll out across the Parish.
West Berkshire Community Broadband
West Berkshire Community Broadband was born out of a desperate need for better connectivity across the communities of Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet including the School, Greens, Hamlets and isolated homes within the parish. We now have a choice of providers as Gigaclear have also provided fibre in the road near most houses in the parish. We have decided to carry on providing service to provide a more cost effective service and also one that is independent of the whims of the investors and bankers controlling Gigaclear now that the founding CEO has departed.
We are a business run on a not for profit basis by a team of volunteers which means all the money goes into providing a great service.
We started off providing a 100Mb/s service shared across Sulhamstead Hill, Englefield, Church Lane and White House Green. We have now rolled out to Sulhamstead Bannister, Wises Firs and the surrounding areas. This is a dedicated service that will provide a service that is comparable or better for each user than a 100Mb/s residential service provided by BT or Gigaclear. As we rollout we will take more and higher speed feeds to ensure our network maintains its consistent very high speed at each resident's house.