Satellite Internet Trial

Background:
Connecting Devon and Somerset has been supporting one of the BDUK ‘Market Test Pilots’ that aim to test out alternative technical solutions and commercial models for delivery of better broadband services in some of the hardest to reach or ‘final 5%. The overall results of the pilot will help to inform government policy on future Phases of the national roll-out of superfast broadband.

CDS has been working with ‘Satellite Internet’; a UK-based Internet Service Provider who is experienced in delivering broadband over satellite to end users. The solution uses the latest in satellite internet technology and where feasible, internet connectivity via satellite is shared out to clusters of users over a local wireless network. More dispersed and remote properties may need to be provisioned with a direct connection to the satellite via their own wall-mounted dish. The net result is that pilot users can receive speeds of up to 25 Mbps; regardless of the method used.

Update:
The Satellite Internet service has been piloted in two communities on Exmoor and is now looking to include a third community; Broomfield, in Somerset. All 3 of these communities contain premises that are classified as ‘Basic White’ and as yet, as not scheduled to receive superfast broadband via the private sector or through the Phase 1 roll–out of superfast broadband by Connecting Devon and Somerset. By being included in the pilot, any premises involved do not preclude further assistance if further funding became available to include them in future Phases of superfast roll-out.

The qualifying postcodes for this third pilot are proposed as follows:
TA5 1AT
TA5 1 AU
TA5 1 AX
TA5 1AY
TA5 2 DZ
TA5 2EA
TA5 2EG
TA5 2EH
TA5 2EJ
TA5 2EL
TA5 2EN
TA5 2EQ

Any queries connected to this proposal should be forwarded to the CDS Team by 8th January to broadband@devon.gov.uk

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