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  • Good morning, I’m James Saunby ofGreySky Consulting.Before we risk getting into the details of the Rural Community Broadband project, I just wanted to give an idea of the sort of area we’re dealing with.I couldn’t really think of a single image that summed it up, but hopefully these two give an idea. First we’re on what I recently heard described as “the barbarian side of the wall”And it’s quite remote.
  • How remote?The Northumberland Uplands covers a bit over 3,000 Km2, with a population a bit under 33,000.That’s about 1 ½ times the area of Herefordshire, and less than 1/5 the population.As with Herefordshire, the sparseness of the population is the real problem for broadband in Northumberland.The Uplands area is served by around 16,000 telephone lines. Of these around 2,300 are too long to support normal ADSL broadband services. That’s around 15%.
  • But there are also some real black-spots where more than 50% of telephone lines are too long to support broadband services. Although these black-spots account for less than 10% of the telephone lines, they include nearly a third of the problem lines unable to support broadband.But, does it matter. Do we really need broadband? The answer to this is in two parts.
  • The first is technical. I was previously Head of New Internet products at BT, until 2001. The products we introduced then were designed for dial-up. Yes, it all worked better with broadband, but dial-up was possible.So in 2003 when I was Head of ICT at Advantage West Midlands, we could be content with 96% - because people still had dial-up.But that’s just not true any more. In any real sense, the internet doesn’t work over dial-up anymore. If you don’t have broadband, you don’t have the internet.
  • And the internet is developing fast.Cloud computing is really still in its infancy at the moment. But it’s going to change our lives.This kitchen is in Newcastle University. It is fitted with an incredible array of sensors. They’re in everything – obviously the fridge, cooker, taps, but also the knives, pans, storage containers, the floor – basically everything and everywhere.And they’re all connected to the internet. Massive processing power in “the cloud” takes the data and can “learn” what is happening in the kitchen. This means it can help – suggesting recipes, and following them to tell you what to do next. And it can detect unusual behaviour – if you collapse in the kitchen, then it can summon assistance.This can turn ordinary sheltered housing into 24 hours-a-day care. Allowing vulnerable people to live independent lives far longer and more safely that is currently possible.
  • So we need it. But do we want it?To answer that, we turn to Fontburn.Fontburn is a very small community spread around Fontburn Reservoir, about 6 miles south of Rothbury – which is its nearest telephone exchange. In many ways it’s an idyllic place to live. But they had one problem – no broadband.
  • A couple of years ago, One NorthEast funded a community broadband trial at Fontburn – using satellite and wireless distribution. It has transformed the lives of the people who live there, and their feedback provides some of the most compelling evidence of the need for broadband services in rural communities.“We were seriously thinking that we had made a mistake coming to live here and would have to move house to an area with a better connection.”
  • “We cannot stress enough how much we need this service... the thought of going back to the ‘dark ages’ is unbearable.”The feedback from Fontburn covers a wide range of issues relating to the rollout of broadband, particularly in remote rural area. It provided a major guiding force in the development of the priorities for the Rural Community Broadband project.
  • 2 Mbps, reliable and sustainable service, with full access to the popular ISPs – basic broadband for all - is seen as the clear priority. WiFi access and high speed NGA, though is seen as important in maintaining an agenda of ongoing development.And so the Rural Community Broadband project was formed. We’ve got £250,000 funding from DEFRA, and around another £30,000 from other sources. With this we went out to the market to identify a broadband service provider who could make the maximum possible impact to the 2,300 people across 3,000 km2 who can’t yet get broadband.Within a month we’d had 43 organisations express interest in delivering the project – from small community organisations to global operators. Finally we received 7 proposals for consideration.
  • Last week we completed the final evaluation and selected the preferred supplier.Unfortunately I’m not able to reveal that yet for legal reasons, but with their contribution to match funding, the Rural Community Broadband project has a budget in excess of £400,000.
  • It’s not the end of the problem yet. But it should almost completely eliminate the problem of broadband access in the worst black-spot areas. It is a start, and it’s happening now.
  • Broadband Summit 1

    1. 1. Welcome<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Jesse Norman MP<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    3. 3. Rutland Has Fast Broadband Now<br />Dr David Lewis<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    4. 4.
    5. 5. Rural broadband opportunities & challengesLyddington case study<br />
    6. 6. <ul><li>Small computer services company
    7. 7. Exploited the Undertakings to become LLUO
    8. 8. Delved further into SLU
    9. 9. Full Metallic Path facilities (MPF)
    10. 10. VDSL + VOIP/POTS
    11. 11. 1st UK commercial deployment – Lyddington
    12. 12. Innovative and shaping policy
    13. 13. Big Society model</li></li></ul><li>Main elements in SLU/FTTC<br /><ul><li>Rural demand – niche opportunity
    14. 14. Capital cost of deployment: cabinet, power, backhaul, connection fees. Highly variable.
    15. 15. Running cost – viability threshold
    16. 16. Local service & support
    17. 17. Presence of PCP & accuracy of PCP data
    18. 18. Planning permission
    19. 19. Technical/regulatory issues</li></li></ul><li>PCP Lyddington (Uppingham TE) <br />
    20. 20. Exchange<br />PCP<br />
    21. 21.
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    24. 24.
    25. 25.
    26. 26.
    27. 27.
    28. 28.
    29. 29.
    30. 30.
    31. 31. Stoke Dry – Thomas <br /><ul><li> 5km from exchange
    32. 32. 2km from PCP
    33. 33. ADSL Max 0.3Mbps
    34. 34. VDSL 12-15Mbps
    35. 35. Profile 8c with power backoff (CAL)
    36. 36. Number ported into VoIP
    37. 37. Streaming iPlayer demonstrated
    38. 38. Fastest broadband for a house furthest from a UK telephone exchange</li></li></ul><li>
    39. 39.
    40. 40. Exchange<br />Thomas - trial<br />PCP<br />
    41. 41. SLU Viability @ 50 customers<br /><ul><li>Capital outlay: £45,000 (£20,000 ECCs)
    42. 42. Running cost: backhaul, power, MPF rental <£20/month
    43. 43. Revenue from line rental and broadband £25/month
    44. 44. Revenue from calls
    45. 45. Revenue from data e.g. streaming video 2.5Mbps 4hrs/day =136GB/month
    46. 46. Revenue from computer services
    47. 47. Revenue from key business: leased-line emulation
    48. 48. Future possibilities: FTTH, ANFP exemption</li></li></ul><li>Challenges<br /><ul><li>Capital outlay: Lyddington <£250/premises (£1000)
    49. 49. Digital Britain report: up to £1750/premises
    50. 50. Galvanising local support
    51. 51. Openreach un-innovative
    52. 52. PCP location
    53. 53. PCP data
    54. 54. Power supply
    55. 55. Cabinet aesthetics
    56. 56. Technical/regulatory issues
    57. 57. Access to ducts & poles
    58. 58. Alternatives to Openreach</li></li></ul><li>Wireless Backhaul<br /><ul><li> Alternative to fibre
    59. 59. 5.8GHz spectrum – 25 miles LOS
    60. 60. 100Mbps with basic equipment
    61. 61. Rural exchanges (cable-link)</li></li></ul><li>
    62. 62. PCP - planning<br />
    63. 63. PCP - pavement width<br />
    64. 64. Rural broadband niche opportunity<br /><ul><li>Too small & specialised for major ISPs
    65. 65. Bigger bandwidth & PAYG data is the future
    66. 66. Holistic approach – internal wiring, computer services, VoIP-QOS, 5.8GHz wireless, pushing boundaries with regulators
    67. 67. Future opportunities e.g. SKY TV, FTTH, Medical monitoring
    68. 68. Private/public investment - payback</li></li></ul><li>
    69. 69.
    70. 70. "Local infrastructure projects - such as the work that Rutland Telecom is doing - have a key role to play in the roll-out of next generation broadband; helping speed up the availability of new services in remote areas. We congratulate Rutland Telecom on what has been achieved so far and will be watching their future projects with interest“Stephen Carter: Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform <br />
    71. 71. A personal message from Stephen Fry“Sorry I can’t be there on the big launch day but I just wanted to send my personal support. I am old enough to remember the great postal strike of 1970 or 71 when Rutland issued its own postage stamps. This is a far more important step.I am fantastically impressed by the enterprise, initiative and technical savvy of Rutland Telecom and wish them well here in Uppingham and in the wider UK beyond”<br />
    72. 72. speed you can believe in!<br /><ul><li>Rural broadband consultants
    73. 73. Specialist area SLU
    74. 74. Regulatory issues
    75. 75. Selected UK projects
    76. 76. Private investment
    77. 77. Wholesale model</li></ul><br />
    78. 78. Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />Delivering in Herefordshire NOW - the allpay way<br />Tony Killeen, Jon Land<br />and Anni Holden<br />
    79. 79. BroadbandGet a fast and reliable broadband servicewww.allpaybroadband.com01432 852 554<br />6 August 2010<br />
    80. 80. Committed to making a difference to our community<br />6 August 2010<br />allpay is committed to managing its growth responsibly so it can continue to make a positive contribution to the community and to the environment, as well the workplace…<br />allpay public<br />
    81. 81. About allpay<br />6 August 2010<br />Not satisfied with just providing a range of payment solutions, allpay has set about enabling more communities across Herefordshire to surf the web using allpay Broadband…<br />allpay public<br />
    82. 82. Broadband access in more communities<br />6 August 2010<br />allpay recognises that many households, mostly in rural areas, are receiving only limited or no broadband service due to their location…<br />
    83. 83. Italian inspiration<br />6 August 2010<br />Following a successful trial in rural Italy, the allpay Broadband project was pitched to the council and the Diocese…<br />allpay public<br />
    84. 84. Support from the Diocese<br />6 August 2010<br />The Diocese has offered support in principle for the use of church towers to build a broadband network across rural Herefordshire communities…<br />
    85. 85. Committed to helping you access the internet…<br />6 August 2010<br />Working together with churches, allpay will offer fast and reliable internet access across the Diocese…<br />allpay public<br />
    86. 86. Fast and reliable<br />6 August 2010<br />allpay Broadband provides a reliable connection to the internet with speeds of up to 2Mb…<br />allpay public<br />
    87. 87. Faster speeds in the future<br />6 August 2010<br />But allpay is working on offering communities 4Mb and beyond in the future…<br />
    88. 88. Get switched on and up to speed<br />6 August 2010<br />Visit:www.allpaybroadband.comCall:01432 852554<br />Want to discover the difference allpay Broadband could make to your home or business? <br />
    89. 89. allpay’s mission is to make the impossible possible for our company, for our employees, for our clients,for everyone<br />6 August 2010<br />
    90. 90. Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />Crossing the Digital DivideIn Remote Northumberland<br />James Saunby<br />
    91. 91. Northumberland<br />Uplands<br />Rural Community Broadband<br />
    92. 92. Northumberland Uplands<br />
    93. 93. Northumberland Uplands<br />Area: 3,042 km2<br />Population: 32,600<br />
    94. 94. Northumberland Uplands<br />Area: 3,042 km2<br />Population: 32,600<br />
    95. 95. Essential<br />
    96. 96. Life Changing<br />
    97. 97. Fontburn<br />
    98. 98. Fontburn<br />“We were seriously thinking that we had made a mistake coming to live here and would have to move house to an area with a better connection.”<br />
    99. 99. Fontburn<br />“We cannot stress enough how much we need this service... the thought of going back to the ‘dark ages’ is unbearable.”<br />
    100. 100. Rural Community Broadband<br /><ul><li> 2 Mbps for “all”.
    101. 101. Reliable connection.
    102. 102. Sustainable.
    103. 103. Full ISP access.
    104. 104. WiFi at key tourism locations.
    105. 105. NGA in market towns.</li></ul>£250,000<br />
    106. 106. Rural Community Broadband<br /><ul><li> 2 Mbps for “all”.
    107. 107. Reliable connection.
    108. 108. Sustainable.
    109. 109. Full ISP access.
    110. 110. WiFi at key tourism locations.
    111. 111. NGA in market towns.</li></ul>£400,000<br />
    112. 112. Rural Community Broadband<br />
    113. 113. James Saunby<br /><br />01670 330000<br />
    114. 114. Next Generation Accessready for partnership<br />Bill Murphy<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    115. 115. Next Generation Access – ready for partnership<br />Bill MurphyManaging Director – NGABT6 August 2010<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    116. 116. There are plenty of myths…<br />BT is not interested in rural broadband <br />BT does not listen to our broadband needs <br />BT focuses on short-term payback <br />If it is not 100 Mbps it is not future proof<br />Bringing fibre to rural communities is easy <br />The answer is wireless<br />The cost of backhaul is delaying the roll-out of fibre<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    117. 117. BT is making a major investment in fibre access<br />£2.5bn investment to roll-out fibre to two-thirds of UK premises by 2015 <br />Install c.30,000 cabinets in over 1,000 exchanges <br />Lay over 50,000km of fibre<br />Supported by 32,000 engineers<br />FTTC: enabling 2,400 – 3000 cabinets a quarter<br />FTTP: pilots underway<br />10m premises passed by2012<br />Two-thirds premises passed by 2015<br />ADSL enabled for 99% of all premises <br />1.5m premises passed by summer 2010<br />4m premises passed by end of 2010<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    118. 118. “Competition ready” platform fosters growth…<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    119. 119. Our connectivity services are aimed at government, consumers and businesses<br />Increase in bandwidth, service levels, performance<br />Ethernet<br />1 Gbps<br />Total BB Fibre (FTTC + FTTP)<br />40/100 Mbps<br />Total BB<br />8 Mbps<br />Total BB ADSL2+<br />24 Mbps<br />More than 800 Ethernet PoPs, 90% of business premises are within 5km of an Ethernet node today <br />Fibre speeds available to two- thirds of premises in UK by Spring 2015 <br />Available to c.75% of premises in UK Spring 2011<br />Already available to 99% of premises in UK <br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    120. 120. BET – part of the solution for remote areas<br />Beyond ~6km (cable length) from the exchange, broadband service will likely be slow and / or unstable<br />Exchange<br />Speeds over copper are distance dependent<br />BET extends the range from 6km to 12km<br />We can deliver this today<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    121. 121. Analysys Mason’s view of Herefordshire<br />NGA likelihood at 65% rollout<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    122. 122. Example 1: Northern Ireland<br />The challenge<br /><ul><li>Technology neutral
    123. 123. Open access / Wholesale level
    124. 124. Minimum 2Mb rural
    125. 125. Minimum 10Mb urban
    126. 126. Equitable
    127. 127. Consumer & business variants</li></ul>Objective: <br />To deliver next generation broadband to 85% of business by 2011<br />The solution<br /><ul><li>£48m investment
    128. 128. 1,175 cabinets
    129. 129. 166 exchanges
    130. 130. + In-fill technologies
    131. 131. Wholesale level solution – open to all service providers
    132. 132. Completion - May 2011
    133. 133. White label marketing</li></ul>© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    134. 134. Example 2: an English county<br />Objective: <br />To deliver next generation broadband to 100% of the county<br />The challenge<br /><ul><li>Rural, remote, peripheral
    135. 135. Rapidly expanding population
    136. 136. Focus on developing the knowledge economy
    137. 137. 100% of the population to get improved speeds</li></ul>The solution<br /><ul><li>£100m+ project
    138. 138. Match funded
    139. 139. 80-90 % fibre
    140. 140. 10-20% satellite / wireless / BET</li></ul>…difficult does not mean impossible<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    141. 141. We need to build a plan<br />Public Private Partnership<br />Government intervention enables a lower risk profile and ongoing commercial sustainability <br />Shared Vision<br />Ensuring the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy<br />Customer Demand<br />Vital to engage citizens, businesses and other local stakeholders on the benefits <br />Open, Competition Ready<br />Giving customers choice on products, applications and service<br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    142. 142. Talk to us<br />East Midlands<br />England<br />East of England<br />London<br />Cymru/ Wales<br />North East<br />North West<br />Scotland<br />South East<br />South West<br />John Dovey<br />West Midlands<br />Northern Ireland <br />Ian Binks<br />Yorkshire & The Humber <br /><br />© British Telecommunications plc<br />
    143. 143. Question and Answer<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    144. 144. Ed Vaizey MP<br />Minister for Culture, Communication and Creative Industries<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    145. 145. Questions<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />
    146. 146. Lunch<br />Herefordshire Broadband Summit<br />