Oakley celebrates 'Super Switch on Day' as Superfast Fibre Broadband goes live
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Superfast broadband has arrived in Oakley, Basingstoke, as the first cabinet was 'switched on' by the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry. This first cabinet will give access to fibre broadband to around 250 homes and businesses. Also more than 1,900 homes and businesses in Oakley will have access to the high-speed technology in the months ahead.
Super Switch On Day, 18 December, is part of a national initiative which sees superfast broadband cabinets in many parts of the country 'going live' simultaneously.
Oakley Football club and Oakley Junior School have been out celebrating the arrival of superfast broadband with the County Council and BT. Oakley Football Club will really benefit from its arrival as they have a website to keep updated as well as fixtures to arrange and keep in contact with its players over the internet which superfast broadband will really help with.
Hampshire's Superfast Broadband programme will help fill the gap in smaller, rural areas, that would otherwise be left out because the numbers of people who could potentially sign up are not commercially viable for providers. It will mean that 90% of premises can access faster reliable broadband by the end of 2015.
Superfast broadband at home means everyone in the family can do their own thing online, all at the same time, whether it's downloading music in minutes or watching catch-up TV; streaming HD or 3D movies in the few minutes it takes to make popcorn; or posting photos and videos to social networking sites in seconds.
The benefits are also considerable for businesses, which can do much more in far less time. Firms can speed up file and data transfers, collaborate with colleagues and customers on conference or video calls or swap their hardware and expensive software licenses for files, processing power and software from cloud computing. Staff can work as effectively from home, as they would in the office.
The arrival of fibre broadband in Oakley was welcomed by the Government's communications minister Ed Vaizey, who said: "The switching on of super-fast broadband in Oakley, is great news for both local residents and businesses. Today's announcement is just part of a transformation of broadband services happening throughout the UK. Broadband is an essential part of Hampshire's present and future. It is vital that we embrace this latest generation of technology in order for our economy to remain competitive."
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "This is an important step forward. We recognise that reliable, fast broadband is important for everyone - businesses, students and households of all generations and will become even more important in the future as more people in a household want to do more online. Hampshire's programme will help fill the gap in smaller, rural areas that would otherwise be left out because the number of people who could potentially sign up was not commercially viable for providers. In today's rapidly moving world, fast and sophisticated communications are absolutely vital. They are an essential part of future success. Providing broadband is not a County Council responsibility but nevertheless we want to do what we can to assist residents who would otherwise be left out of the advantages superfast broadband can bring."
Peter Cowen, BT's regional partnership director, South East, added: "All over the country fibre broadband is changing people's lives. It provides a digital gateway to a wealth of opportunities whether it is supporting how we work, how we learn, how we communicate with friends and family, or how we entertain ourselves."
The County Council will be rolling out superfast broadband to rural Hampshire in a number of phases over the next two years and emailing people who have registered, when services go live in their area.