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Bunwell Christmas hamper draw…

We’re holding an information evening about our plans to supercharge Bunwell with Hyperfast, future-ready fibre broadband. Find out more by attending our Hyperfast village meeting and be in with a chance to win a Goodies luxury Christmas hamper on the night!

Complete the form below to let us know you’re interested in attending this event and receive an email reminder the day before the event. We will also keep you up to date with your village’s Hyperfast fibre project.

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We look forward to seeing you!


If you have any questions in the mean time please get in contact with our Hyperfast service team by calling us on 01376 562002.

Gamers deserve future-ready fibre

With more than 2.5 billion gamers all over the world, video games are a fast-growing market predicted to be worth 90 billion US dollars by 2020 (wepc.com). But this trend is something that relies on a reliable broadband connection, without that- it can cause numerous problems.

Back in June, E3- the world’s premier event for computer games and related products, announced some up and coming releases, including Blair Witch, Fifa 20, Gears 5, Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077 featuring Keanu Reeves- quite possibly the biggest surprise of the entire event.

But nothing annoys a gamer more than a game lagging, disconnections or buffering -they want uninterrupted gameplay.

So, if you’re a gamer who is relying on broadband connectivity [or a parent of a child that does!], it is important that you research and find the right broadband package to suit these demands.

The type of broadband connection you go for obviously plays a huge part in the quality of gaming experience you [or your children] can enjoy. There are different types of packages you can go for, but the main two are either a standard or fibre broadband.

A standard connection uses an existing Openreach phone network to transmit data to your property and as a result can only provide you with an average download speed of 10-11 Mbps, or less if you live further away from the telephone exchange (which.co.uk).

Confusingly, there are also two types of fibre connection. Most homes rely on fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband connections. About 8% of homes can get fibre to the property (FTTP).

FTTC offers you a part fibre broadband service, with a fibre cable going from the exchange to the cabinet, then using decade-old copper telephone wires to deliver the internet connection to your property.

Copper telephone wires can slow your internet down by 50% in the first 100 meters, meaning the further away you live from your cabinet, your speeds will be slower and your connection will be less reliable.

FTTP has a fibre cable going to your property which provides you with a fibre connection directly to your door, eliminating all of the issues you would have with FTTC and a standard internet connection.

Stewart Larner, head of Network Strategy & Operations, says:

“Playing online video games is something that requires a lot of data and often means when you do this, anyone else trying to use your internet will suffer with really slow speeds. With our Hyperfast fibre broadband connection you can use multiple devices at the same time with no issues, something you will not get with an FTTC broadband connection”

Offering you a gigabit-capable connection, you can wave goodbye to buffering and game-lag with internet speeds up to 12 times faster than the UK average and an unrivalled performance for streaming, gaming, uploading and downloading.

With unlimited data and speeds that aren’t impacted during peak times, you can game and stream without worry.

A FTTP connection provides you with a symmetrical service, which means you will be able to upload and download at similar speeds, allowing you to update and stream with no issues.

So, when it comes to the best broadband packages for gamers, in our opinion, a FTTP connection is definitely the only way to go.

Want to test your speed and find out if you can go Hyperfast? County Broadband provides a Hyperfast fibre connection to rural communities across Essex at affordable prices, visit https://countybroadband.co.uk/ to find out more.

Rural Norfolk’s ‘golden opportunity’ to join UK’s full fibre broadband revolution

Thousands of homes and businesses in rural Norfolk are being urged to seize a “golden opportunity” of connecting to UK-leading full fibre broadband after unique rollout plans were unveiled today by County Broadband, a specialist provider based in East Anglia.

In a major boost to Norfolk’s rural digital economy, County Broadband has initially identified over 20 villages in the Thetford and Diss areas where it aims to build its future-ready gigabit-capable full fibre network, offering ultrafast and hyperfast speeds. The project is funded in part by a £46million private investment by Aviva Investors.

Villagers would have some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK, at up to 20 times the national average. The government pledged last year that the entire UK should have access to full fibre by 2033 to catch up with the rest of the world.

Full fibre broadband provides lightning-fast speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) through FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) networks in which fibre optic cables are connected directly into properties and offices – even in difficult-to-reach areas. HD films can be downloaded in minutes and albums in seconds.

Such speeds are even 10 times faster than superfast broadband which in contrast relies on FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) infrastructure which, even though is promoted as fibre, uses copper elements dating back to the Victorian period to deliver the internet from green roadside cabinets to properties. Speeds halve approximately every 600 metres and connections can be unreliable in peak times.

Lloyd Felton, chief executive of County Broadband, said: “We are very excited to announce our first full fibre rollout plans in Norfolk to help transform the county’s digital landscape and rural economies. Our investment in Norfolk’s infrastructure will not only make many forgotten villages fit-for-the future but will also place them in the top 7% for UK digital connectivity.

“Our all-new, future-ready full fibre networks will provide reliable access to modern services such as on-demand TV, video conferencing and innovative new technology.”

Rural communities have long suffered poor broadband compared with urban areas. New Ofcom research* found the average download speed in the UK countryside was 28Mbps, compared with 63Mbps in urban areas, highlighting the digital divide.

With data usage widely predicted to increase 10-fold every six years, only full fibre can keep pace with consumer demand.

The Norfolk villages included in the initial rollout now have the choice of pre-ordering the new network or staying with their current providers. It is understood there are no other full fibre broadband providers planning to rollout in Norfolk currently.

At least 30% of residents and businesses must commit to pre-ordering to give the green light to start construction in each village. The network would be installed in 2020 and be available to all premises. The provider is holding village information meetings this summer.

Mr Felton added: “This is a unique and golden opportunity for all residents and businesses in our rollout areas to seize the future. We ask them to look out for information which we are publicising locally to find out how they can take advantage of our full fibre networks.”

Over a dozen villages in East Anglia have already joined County Broadband’s rural next generation broadband revolution in recent months. The full fibre infrastructure could also underpin the new 5G mobile network as mobile masts will need full fibre cabling to manage the increase in data demanded by 5G.

County Broadband, which also provides superfast wireless internet, was established in Aldham, Essex, in 2003, and currently has over 3,000 customers across East Anglia.