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Broadband technologies

Wiltshire Council is seeking to extend the Basic Broadband Commitment Scheme to include additional technologies.  If you are a supplier and would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We appreciate the importance of access to a good broadband service, and over the course of Phase 1 and Phase 2 funding, Wiltshire Council has invested a significant amount into providing fibre broadband across the county where commercial providers have failed to invest.

We acknowledge our investment cannot get to every single premises across the county and whilst we continue to explore further funding opportunities, we understand that some communities or individuals may be keen to look at undertaking their own solution.

Superfast speeds can be achieved by different technologies and by various providers; therefore there are a number of alternative options available to both communities and individual residents, which can significantly improve broadband speeds.

A summary of these alternative options is available below along with a selection of some potential suppliers; however Wiltshire Online recommends that both communities and individuals undertake thorough research, as other suppliers may be available and costs, speeds and service will vary.

Fixed Line Broadband

Fixed line broadband is what most people have at home, it is a fast internet connection delivered by telephone wire or fibre optic cable. There are two types of fixed line broadband:

Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)

FTTC involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange or distribution point to the street cabinets which then connect to a standard phone line to provide broadband to individual premises.

Fibre to the premises / home (FTTP or FTTH)

FTTP, sometimes referred to as FTTH, provides an end-to-end fibre optic connection the full distance from the exchange or distribution point to the premises and can deliver faster speeds than FTTC.

Fixed line broadband can be expensive and is therefore more suited to being a community based solution; some providers use a ‘gap funding model’ (where the supplier pays the economically viable cost and private funding covers the remainder) whilst other providers require a number of homes to register their interest before they will consider deploying to an area.

Examples of Suppliers:


Fixed Wireless Broadband

Instead of using a land line, fixed wireless broadband connects to the internet using high frequency radio transmissions. Wireless technology transmits across the countryside using line-of-sight radio signals. Every subscriber will have transceiver equipment fitted to their property which brings the signal into the premises.

There are some wireless broadband providers already operating in Wiltshire so we recommend you check their coverage maps. If there is no service, most providers encourage communities to register interest so that the operator can measure demand for their services.

Examples of Suppliers:

 Mobile Broadband (3G/4G)

Mobile broadband is provided through mobile telephony network and doesn't require a land line. The strength of the connection will depend on the strength of the signal in the area. To see the availability visit Ofcom's mobile coverage checker.

Mobile broadband offers a flexible alternative that can be accessed with a number of devices, including mobile phones, mobile dongles and data cards. As the 3G network and the improved 4G coverage in rural areas of Wiltshire expands, it may present a viable alternative as a fast home broadband solution.

Examples of Suppliers:


Satellite Broadband

Instead of using a land line, satellite broadband is very similar to how satellite TV works in that it uses a small dish on the property that receives information and transfers it via a cable to a modem.

Satellite technology has improved over recent years and whilst it has restrictions, it is perfectly adequate for general internet use such as browsing web pages and sending emails.

 Examples of Suppliers:


Self Help Options

If your community is not currently in Wiltshire Online's build programme, you may want to explore self help options.  BT offers support to communities via their Community Fibre Partnership Scheme.  More information about the scheme can be found here.

Goverment has also written an Introduction to Community Led Schemes which can be found here.


 Government Plans for Future Funding

The Government is currently exploring options for extending superfast broadband coverage beyond 95% of the UK.

Please follow the link below for more details on the current pilot schemes.

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