Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Village to be given ultrafast broadband

ULTRAFAST broadband is set to be installed in Wargrave.

ULTRAFAST broadband is set to be installed in Wargrave.

The village has been chosen by Virgin Media for its Cable My Street initiative, which will offer householders and businesses speeds of up to 200 megabytes per second.

It comes just months after BT installed fibre-optic broadband in Wargrave as part of its Superfast Berkshire project.

Residents voted for Wargrave to be connected to the service, which also offers TV connections.

Virgin says it hopes to complete the work by the spring. 

Executive director Neil Bartholomew said: “We are delighted to be supercharging Wargrave.

“It shows that ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV isn’t just for big cities.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from local communities and as a result we have decided to speed up our network expansion plans.”

Keith Baker, leader of Wokingham Borough Council, said: “Our vision, to create a great a place for people to live and an even better place to do business, is reinforced by projects such as this and I hope it becomes beneficial for Wargrave residents.”

Wargrave Parish Council chairman Richard Bush said: “Anything that helps to improve the broadband facilities of the community has got to be good.

“I read recently that broadband is now seen as the fourth life necessity.

“Wargrave isn’t actually that well covered by BT yet but there will be some doubling up with Virgin, which is concentrating on the village envelope but may end up going to places that BT doesn’t cover at the moment, like Highfield Park and Blakes Road.”

Superfast Berkshire aims to cover 97 per cent of the county by 2018.

Last year, 10 broadband cabinets in Wargrave were upgraded to BT’s superfast broadband, providing speeds of up to 24Mbps.

But the scheme does not cover Crazies Hill, which is instead hoping to strike a deal with provider Gigaclear.

Gigaclear says it is willing to connect the village with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps provided 40 per cent of residents sign up to the scheme.

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