Salisbury first city to get ultra fast broadband

Salisbury Full Fibre Broadband March 2019

Published by Ellie Harries at 8:53am 19th March 2019. (Updated at 5:16pm 19th March 2019)

Our city will be the first in England to FULLY get the state-of-the-art connection (pictures from John Glen MP Twitter).

By April next year, more than 20,000 premises in our city will be connected to full fibre lines.

Openreach, which is owned by BT but independently run, says families, businesses and public buildings will have access to "fast and reliable"  broadband for decades to come.

Chief Executive Clive Selley said the project will make history: 

"This is the first location in the UK where we're aiming to upgrade an entire city network in a single year, so it's a hugely ambitious project."

Salisbury Broadband Philip Hammond Visit March 2019
Salisbury will be the first entire city in the UK to benefit from the broadband upgrades - the Chancellor Philip Hammond has been visiting the city to find out more

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR INTERNET USE?

The wires are made of glass or plastic so signals move a lot faster than they do along traditional copper cables.

Full fibre connections will provide speeds of up to 1Gbps, about 20 times faster than the current UK average of 46.2Mbps – enough for a Salisbury family to stream 200 HD movies all at the same time!

Salisbury Full Fibre Broadband March 2019
Salisbury's MP John Glen and Cllr Pauline Church from Wiltshire Council, with an Openreach engineer (picture from @JohnGlenUK)

Full-fibre isn't affected by the weather so you won't get that annoying problem where the signal cuts out or 'buffers'.

The faster broadband will mean you will be able to:

  • Download films quicker
  • Transfer files faster
  • Load your apps, like the Spire FM app, faster
  • Upload to the Cloud more efficiently
Spire FM App Download
The improved broadband will enable you to download the Spire FM app quicker

The company says it will work closely with partners across the city to make sure there is minimal disruption to local residents.

Clive Selley, CEO said:

"For Salisbury's homes, shops, GP surgeries and schools, it will mean fewer broadband faults, faster connections, and a consistent reliable network that will serve the city for decades to come.

"As a medieval city, Salisbury's narrow streets won't be the easiest for our engineers to access and work in, but we're confident that it's achievable thanks to the close partnership we've built with the Council and the unrivalled experience and skill of our engineering teams."

Local businesses have welcomed the move.

John Carney, director of the British Shoe Company, which moved to Butcher Row in the city five years ago, said: 

"We are losing around two to three hours a day from a combination of the internet crashing and being extremely slow.

"This has a direct effect on our productivity both in-store and online which has a dramatic effect on our company turnover.

"With improved connectivity, I believe our overall ability to compete both in the UK and around the world will be drastically improved."

John Glen
Salisbury's MP has welcomed today's announcement.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said: 

"I'm delighted that Salisbury will be the first UK city to gain universal access to the gold-standard of the internet - ultrafast full fibre - making it one of the most cutting-edge cities in the country.

"It's vital that every family and business across the country can benefit from this new technology, which is why we've committed to deliver a nationwide full fibre network by 2033."

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