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Broadband Summit 1

Broadband Summit 1



Presentation given to the Herefordshire Broadband Summit on Friday, August 6th 2010.

Presentation given to the Herefordshire Broadband Summit on Friday, August 6th 2010.



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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 Broadband Summit 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Introduction
    Jesse Norman MP
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Rutland Has Fast Broadband Now
    Dr David Lewis
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Rural broadband opportunities & challengesLyddington case study
    • Small computer services company
    • Exploited the Undertakings to become LLUO
    • Delved further into SLU
    • Full Metallic Path facilities (MPF)
    • 1st UK commercial deployment – Lyddington
    • Innovative and shaping policy
    • Big Society model
  • Main elements in SLU/FTTC
    • Rural demand – niche opportunity
    • Capital cost of deployment: cabinet, power, backhaul, connection fees. Highly variable.
    • Running cost – viability threshold
    • Local service & support
    • Presence of PCP & accuracy of PCP data
    • Planning permission
    • Technical/regulatory issues
  • PCP Lyddington (Uppingham TE)
  • Exchange
  • Stoke Dry – Thomas
    • 5km from exchange
    • 2km from PCP
    • ADSL Max 0.3Mbps
    • VDSL 12-15Mbps
    • Profile 8c with power backoff (CAL)
    • Number ported into VoIP
    • Streaming iPlayer demonstrated
    • Fastest broadband for a house furthest from a UK telephone exchange
  • Exchange
    Thomas - trial
  • SLU Viability @ 50 customers
    • Capital outlay: £45,000 (£20,000 ECCs)
    • Running cost: backhaul, power, MPF rental <£20/month
    • Revenue from line rental and broadband £25/month
    • Revenue from calls
    • Revenue from data e.g. streaming video 2.5Mbps 4hrs/day =136GB/month
    • Revenue from computer services
    • Revenue from key business: leased-line emulation
    • Future possibilities: FTTH, ANFP exemption
  • Challenges
    • Capital outlay: Lyddington <£250/premises (£1000)
    • Digital Britain report: up to £1750/premises
    • Galvanising local support
    • Openreach un-innovative
    • PCP location
    • PCP data
    • Power supply
    • Cabinet aesthetics
    • Technical/regulatory issues
    • Access to ducts & poles
    • Alternatives to Openreach
  • Wireless Backhaul
    • Alternative to fibre
    • 5.8GHz spectrum – 25 miles LOS
    • 100Mbps with basic equipment
    • Rural exchanges (cable-link)
  • PCP - planning
  • PCP - pavement width
  • Rural broadband niche opportunity
    • Too small & specialised for major ISPs
    • Bigger bandwidth & PAYG data is the future
    • Holistic approach – internal wiring, computer services, VoIP-QOS, 5.8GHz wireless, pushing boundaries with regulators
    • Future opportunities e.g. SKY TV, FTTH, Medical monitoring
    • Private/public investment - payback
  • "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
  • 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”
  • speed you can believe in!
    • Rural broadband consultants
    • Specialist area SLU
    • Regulatory issues
    • Selected UK projects
    • Private investment
    • Wholesale model
  • Herefordshire Broadband Summit
    Delivering in Herefordshire NOW - the allpay way
    Tony Killeen, Jon Land
    and Anni Holden
  • BroadbandGet a fast and reliable broadband servicewww.allpaybroadband.com01432 852 554
    6 August 2010
  • Committed to making a difference to our community
    6 August 2010
    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…
    allpay public
  • About allpay
    6 August 2010
    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…
    allpay public
  • Broadband access in more communities
    6 August 2010
    allpay recognises that many households, mostly in rural areas, are receiving only limited or no broadband service due to their location…
  • Italian inspiration
    6 August 2010
    Following a successful trial in rural Italy, the allpay Broadband project was pitched to the council and the Diocese…
    allpay public
  • Support from the Diocese
    6 August 2010
    The Diocese has offered support in principle for the use of church towers to build a broadband network across rural Herefordshire communities…
  • Committed to helping you access the internet…
    6 August 2010
    Working together with churches, allpay will offer fast and reliable internet access across the Diocese…
    allpay public
  • Fast and reliable
    6 August 2010
    allpay Broadband provides a reliable connection to the internet with speeds of up to 2Mb…
    allpay public
  • Faster speeds in the future
    6 August 2010
    But allpay is working on offering communities 4Mb and beyond in the future…
  • Get switched on and up to speed
    6 August 2010
    Visit:www.allpaybroadband.comCall:01432 852554
    Want to discover the difference allpay Broadband could make to your home or business?
  • allpay’s mission is to make the impossible possible for our company, for our employees, for our clients,for everyone
    6 August 2010
  • Herefordshire Broadband Summit
    Crossing the Digital DivideIn Remote Northumberland
    James Saunby
  • Northumberland
    Rural Community Broadband
  • Northumberland Uplands
  • Northumberland Uplands
    Area: 3,042 km2
    Population: 32,600
  • Northumberland Uplands
    Area: 3,042 km2
    Population: 32,600
  • Essential
  • Life Changing
  • Fontburn
  • Fontburn
    “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.”
  • Fontburn
    “We cannot stress enough how much we need this service... the thought of going back to the ‘dark ages’ is unbearable.”
  • Rural Community Broadband
    • 2 Mbps for “all”.
    • Reliable connection.
    • Sustainable.
    • Full ISP access.
    • WiFi at key tourism locations.
    • NGA in market towns.
  • Rural Community Broadband
    • 2 Mbps for “all”.
    • Reliable connection.
    • Sustainable.
    • Full ISP access.
    • WiFi at key tourism locations.
    • NGA in market towns.
  • Rural Community Broadband
  • James Saunby
    01670 330000
  • Next Generation Accessready for partnership
    Bill Murphy
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Next Generation Access – ready for partnership
    Bill MurphyManaging Director – NGABT6 August 2010
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • There are plenty of myths…
    BT is not interested in rural broadband
    BT does not listen to our broadband needs
    BT focuses on short-term payback
    If it is not 100 Mbps it is not future proof
    Bringing fibre to rural communities is easy
    The answer is wireless
    The cost of backhaul is delaying the roll-out of fibre
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • BT is making a major investment in fibre access
    £2.5bn investment to roll-out fibre to two-thirds of UK premises by 2015
    Install c.30,000 cabinets in over 1,000 exchanges
    Lay over 50,000km of fibre
    Supported by 32,000 engineers
    FTTC: enabling 2,400 – 3000 cabinets a quarter
    FTTP: pilots underway
    10m premises passed by2012
    Two-thirds premises passed by 2015
    ADSL enabled for 99% of all premises
    1.5m premises passed by summer 2010
    4m premises passed by end of 2010
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • “Competition ready” platform fosters growth…
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Our connectivity services are aimed at government, consumers and businesses
    Increase in bandwidth, service levels, performance
    1 Gbps
    Total BB Fibre (FTTC + FTTP)
    40/100 Mbps
    Total BB
    8 Mbps
    Total BB ADSL2+
    24 Mbps
    More than 800 Ethernet PoPs, 90% of business premises are within 5km of an Ethernet node today
    Fibre speeds available to two- thirds of premises in UK by Spring 2015
    Available to c.75% of premises in UK Spring 2011
    Already available to 99% of premises in UK
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • BET – part of the solution for remote areas
    Beyond ~6km (cable length) from the exchange, broadband service will likely be slow and / or unstable
    Speeds over copper are distance dependent
    BET extends the range from 6km to 12km
    We can deliver this today
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Analysys Mason’s view of Herefordshire
    NGA likelihood at 65% rollout
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Example 1: Northern Ireland
    The challenge
    • Technology neutral
    • Open access / Wholesale level
    • Minimum 2Mb rural
    • Minimum 10Mb urban
    • Equitable
    • Consumer & business variants
    To deliver next generation broadband to 85% of business by 2011
    The solution
    • £48m investment
    • 1,175 cabinets
    • 166 exchanges
    • + In-fill technologies
    • Wholesale level solution – open to all service providers
    • Completion - May 2011
    • White label marketing
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Example 2: an English county
    To deliver next generation broadband to 100% of the county
    The challenge
    • Rural, remote, peripheral
    • Rapidly expanding population
    • Focus on developing the knowledge economy
    • 100% of the population to get improved speeds
    The solution
    • £100m+ project
    • Match funded
    • 80-90 % fibre
    • 10-20% satellite / wireless / BET
    …difficult does not mean impossible
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • We need to build a plan
    Public Private Partnership
    Government intervention enables a lower risk profile and ongoing commercial sustainability
    Shared Vision
    Ensuring the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy
    Customer Demand
    Vital to engage citizens, businesses and other local stakeholders on the benefits
    Open, Competition Ready
    Giving customers choice on products, applications and service
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Talk to us
    East Midlands
    East of England
    Cymru/ Wales
    North East
    North West
    South East
    South West
    John Dovey
    West Midlands
    Northern Ireland
    Ian Binks
    Yorkshire & The Humber
    © British Telecommunications plc
  • Question and Answer
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Ed Vaizey MP
    Minister for Culture, Communication and Creative Industries
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Questions
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit
  • Lunch
    Herefordshire Broadband Summit