Fast broadband in Notts making lives better
Thousands of residents and businesses across Nottinghamshire can now access a faster, reliable, more resilient broadband service thanks to the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire service.
Nottinghamshire County Council and BT are working together to extend the roll out of fibre broadband to 95% of premises in Nottinghamshire by March 2016.
With £5.26m worth of funding in place Nottinghamshire County Council hope to extend the reach of fibre broadband to cover 97% of the county. The detail of this is yet to be confirmed but to keep up to date on all of the news on the Better Broadband scheme visit Nottinghamshire County Council.
What is superfast broadband?
Superfast broadband is the new generation of broadband - much faster, more reliable and using a different technology than we are all used to today. While traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, superfast broadband commonly uses fibre optic cable for some or all of the link between the customer and the exchange.
Superfast fibre broadband has the potential to deliver upload and download speeds that are lightning fast when compared to traditional broadband. Although superfast broadband is mainly associated with fibre optic, other technologies such as wireless, satellite and advanced copper solutions can also be used to deliver faster broadband. The 'Superfast Broadband for Notts' project will be harnessing the potential of these technologies too, aiming to make sure that everyone in Nottinghamshire can experience a steep change in their broadband speeds by 2015.
What are the benefits for residents?
- It's easier to stay in touch with relatives at home and abroad using social media sites, email or video links
- If you find it difficult to leave the house or simply don't have enough time to do your shopping or pay your bills you can do both quickly and easily on-line
- Downloading films, music and games is faster
- Interacting with your friends, people in the next town, another city or another country is easier and quicker, counteracting social exclusion
- You will have access to the latest news as soon as it is updated.
What are the benefits for business?
- To attract more business and economic growth to our communities we need to equip the county with a strong digital structure
- Broadband is essential for regeneration, making Nottinghamshire the destination of business choice for the future
- High speed broadband connections enable SMEs to connect to 'cloud computing' services. These are applications or tools that are stored on an internet server and can be accessed as and when a business needs them; a far cheaper option for SMEs.
What are the benefits for services?
- A stronger digital structure will help to modernise libraries, making the internet more accessible to people who don’t have computers at home
- Broadband will give you the option to download e-books straight to your computer
- Accessing services will be easier and more convenient, such as paying bills, council tax, registering for courses and finding out about other council services.
What are the benefits for education?
- There has been a rapid increase in demand for broadband in schools and we need to equip children and young people with the skills and tools they will need for life in the 21st century
- Adult education services also want better, faster broadband to help adults improve and gain new skills
- Broadband will give children and adults equal opportunities to people being educated in cities where broadband maybe much faster.
4G is the next generation of mobile communication standards, picking up from 3G and delivering higher download and upload speeds.
London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Southampton have had access to network EE's 4G from 30 October 2012. Other mobile networks will not be able to offer 4G until 2013.
We are working with another mobile network to pilot 4G services in Newark and Sherwood to place us at the forefront of this faster mobile internet service.
Free wifi in Newark town centre
Up to 400 people a day have been making use of Newark town centre’s free wifi service, launched in March 2014 in a ground-breaking joint initiative by the Council and O2.
Newark became the first rural district to pilot the technology, shortly after its introduction in the London boroughs of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.
Free wifi also supports town centre activities such as retail promotion and tourism as well as allowing users free access to emails and applications such as the latest news. This includes future access to ‘augmented reality’ film footage created for next year’s opening of Newark’s new National Civil War Centre and Civil War Trail, which will be viewable via an app on smartphones and tablets.
Hot spots for the free wifi are the Castle Gardens and Castle Gate, Market Square, Kirk Gate and Appleton Gate, next to the new museum now under construction.