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Superfast Broadband

Hampshire Chronicle

12 June 2019 – Super-Fast broadband

I have just discovered a new voucher scheme

running from last month – ‘Broadband for Rural Communities – Gigabit Vouchers’

Broadband for Rural Communities

I wonder if this might be a solution for groups of homes & businesses that have been excluded from the broadband upgrade.


Peter O’Sullivan

Tel 07710035722

Sent from my mobile phone

Update – 28 April 2018

From Peter O’Sullivan (Meonstoke) & Mick Baugh (Corhampton), Community Organisers for Superfast Broadban

Good day ‘can-go-fasters’ (now most of you, maybe; we know not some of you)

First of all:

  1. If you wish to now come off my update email list, please let me know

… be aware though that I will be communicating about learning opportunities for, and benefits of, faster broadband

… and it will not be going on forever as Pat & I have now got Stokedown on the market, with plans to move to the Cotswolds

  1. As always, please let neighbours and friends know that they may (could) have the opportunity for superfast broadband; and if they do not know how to find out & make it happen, ask them to send me an email
  2. And, as always, Mick and I have no financial, or other vested, interest in any of the solutions to which we refer
    Neither are we experts in the solutions to which we refer; although I speak more for myself than for Mick who is pretty smart at the technology

So why are we writing now for the following reasons – exclusions and alternatives

  1. First – an opportunity to find out about alternative (to Openreach) solutions – roundtable meeting at the Bucks Head on Tuesday next (1st May) at 18:00)

Martyn Turp an account manager from SILVERLINING, in Whitely, will be joining us ( see www.silver-lining.com)

SilverLining is the company that provides (and has provided for a number of years) ‘superfast’ radio/wireless broadband to Wallops Wood Farm business park (and its 40+ businesses/cottages) near Droxford

(Andrew Graham is the client)

We are planning for Martyn to meet earlier in the day with representatives of other (excluded) business parks and our parish councils

If you want to know more please come to the Bucks Head, Meonstoke, on Tuesday at 18:00 (to 19:00); please let me know.

If you are interested and can’t make this time, let me know and we will arrange an additional opportunity.

The opportunity is to better understand our needs and consider how  the Silverlining offerings might address these needs … particularly to address gaps in the Openreach infrastructure or low speeds with the new infrastructure

  1. Are you excluded from the Openreach ‘Superfast’ Fibre plan? 

If you are not sure check at the following websites

  • Openreach – ‘Find out if you can get fibre today’ www.openreach.co.uk – enter your postcode/address or landline, and see where you are on the “Fibre Journey”
  • BT (i.e. Openreach) ‘BROADBAND AVAILABILITY CHECKER’ – www.dslchecker.bt.com – enter your landline, check whether you are ‘Fibre enabled’ and what speed you are getting

You are ‘Fibre enabled’ if you see that ‘WBC FTTP’ (Fibre to the Premise) or ‘VDSL’ (Fibre to the Cabinet) are available now (or soon) to your landline

If ‘Fibre enabled’ you will also see the speed available to you; downstream rates over 24Mbps is ‘superfast’; 10Mbps (for example) is not but it’s much better than the previous 2-5MBps; below 10Mbps is disapointing

So, what can you do if you are ‘NOT fibre enabled’

  1. Excluded ‘enclaves’ – there are some ‘enclaves’ of neighbouring properties excluded from the current plan. These include business parks (and adjacent houses) (Corhampton Lane, Lycroft Farm, Bushey Down); and groups of residential and stand-alone/at home businesses in Exton (possibly? – West side), Corhampton Lane, Rectory Lane (Meonstoke), Brockbridge, Grenville House (and neighbouring properties), Dundridge Lane

If you are in, or aware of, any others please let me know.

    • I will be seeking confirmation form Openreach of its plans to address these exclusions
    • And offering those affected an opportunity to find out about the alternative radio/wireless solution to which we refer above
  1. Random one-off exclusions. A few of these have been brought to our attention. Some have been sorted with ‘system corrections’; they were fibre enabled but Openreach’s database did not reflect this

So, if you are one of these, or know of one, please let me know. I will advise on what you (or I) can do about it. (I am aware that some such situations are awaiting for a response from me; apologies)

That’s it! – please let me know about your interest in the Silverlining meeting on Tuesday and whether you are ‘excluded’

(Most of) you can now go back to Netflix, Skyping your grandchildren in Australia, helping your children with your online homework, checking your household security, uploading your business digital files, marketing and selling your products and services, participating in global video conference calls, doing your weekly online shop, remotely supporting your clients, accessing better health care opportunities, planning your nights out and holidays, streaming live opera and Shakespeare, learning to play the Saxophone (that’s me!) and other valuable/fun broadband-enabled activities… and enjoying the sunshine when it comes!!


Peter O’Sullivan

From Jeff Grant (Comparitech)

We have a guide which explains (in plain English) broadband speeds and terminology.

click here

I think it will prove useful to your local community and would make a good addition to that page.

Newsletter 30-March 2018


BREAKING NEWS: The new fibre cabinet (Cabinet 3) near Meonstoke School went live earlier this week; and Cabinet 5 (on A32/Warnford Road, opposite Meonstoke Post Office) is about to go live.


 From Peter O’Sullivan, Meonstoke & Mick Baugh, Corhampton


  • We have no financial or other interest in the broadband solutions to which this newsletter refers
  • We continue to struggle to fully understand the range and coverage of these services; you only know what, if anything, you will be offered, if and when you are offered it.
  • We are not experts on the solutions (at least Peter is not; Mick’s pretty good!) and have had no involvement in the superfast plan; we will however do our best to find help for you – email TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com



After waiting a number of years fibre-enabled ‘Superfast Broadband’ has been delivered to about 90% of our residential and business premises

‘Hampshire Superfast Broadband’, a partnership between Hampshire County Council and BT/Openreach has delivered the programme; with significant investment from the partnership, the Westminster government and Europe.

… which of course means by us and other tax payers; and customers of Openreach (which most of us are).

This means that most of our business and residential premises now (or by the end of April 2018) have the opportunity to access broadband at speeds:

  • up to 330 Mbps for those who are offered FTTP (Fibre To The Premise), or
  • up to 80 Mbps for those who are offered FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet, existing copper/aluminium from new fibre cabinets to the premise).

Note: That speed of connections to the new ‘FTTC’ cabinets degrades over distance (along the road, not as the ‘crow flies’) from the cabinets

If you are within 1.5 km you will be offered a significant improvement (up to 12 Mbps), but it may not achieve the ‘superfast’ threshold of 24 Mbps.

These speeds compare with pre-fibre speeds of 2+ Mbps

NOTE: Those of us that are missing out on this phase of delivery, will probably be offered an upgraded opportunity by the end of 2019.



FTTP – Openreach’s ‘Fibre to the Premise’ delivering up to 330 Mbps

Some residents and businesses in the following villages and locations are offered this opportunity

  • Droxford
  • Wallops Wood Farm (Sheardley Lane) – businesses, residential properties and holiday lets
  • Corhampton
  • Exton
  • Meonstoke (a few)

FTTC – Openreach’s ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’, existing copper/aluminium from the new fibre cabinets to the premise; delivering up to 80 Mbps

There are four new fibre cabinets; three are live, the fourth will go live in next week or so; these are their locations

  • Cabinet 3 (Meonstoke, junction of Chapel Road, School Lane and High Street) – connected to premises on south half of High Street, and on Chapel Road, south half of Fry’s Lane and on New Road
  • Cabinet 4 (Meonstoke, Pound Lane, junction of Rectory Lane, Pound Lane, High Street and Bucks Head Hill)

connected to premises on north half of High Street, Rectory Lane (some), Allens Lane (some?), Pound Lane, Pound Cottages, Bridge Mead (some), Fry’s Lane (North End) and Stocks Lane

  • Cabinet 5 (A32/Warnford Road, opposite Village Store & Post Office) – connected to premises in Corhampton, Meonstoke (some?) and Exton
  • Cabinet 6 (Droxford, Union Lane) connected to premises in Droxford (including the surgery at The Parks) which are currently connected via ‘exchange only lines’ (EOL) directly to the Droxford Exchange

 NOTE: Some premises will be connected to both a fibre cabinet and also with an opportunity of Fibre to the Premise.


  1. How I found out if I am included?, and if I am,
  2. How do I check its benefits and sign up to it if I want it



  1. Go to the Openreach checker; key openreach.co.uk into your browser
  2. Enter your landline number (regardless of who your telephone provider is) or your post code (and select your property) if you do not have a landline

If you are (or about to be) connected to fibre you will see

  • ‘Superfast (or Ultrafast) Accepting Orders’ (already available), or
  • ‘Activate’ (about to become available); check daily to see if it has changed to ‘accepting orders’

When available you will also see whether you are connected via:

  • Superfast FTTC to one of the new cabinets (“Cabinet number: X Technology: FTTC”), or
  • Ultrafast FTTP


If you are not included you will probably see “Exchange name: Droxford; Exchange status: Fibre enabled; Cabinet number: 1; Technology: – (blank)”

… and maybe “you’re scheduled to be upgraded and we’re surveying your area to make sure our initial fibre plans will work in your community. You can’t order a fibre service today but typically it’ll be available to your premises within the next nine months.” This means that you will probably be considered for inclusion in the 2019 superfast plan.

Please send us an email giving your name, address and landline number – to TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com .

We will use this information to identify excluded zones to inform planning by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband partnership and alternative providers.


You will see something like “Great news, Superfast fibre is in your area. Find out which Service Providers could offer you Superfast fibre broadband today.

… by going to https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/superfast-broadband/superfast-fibre-buy-it-now

and then clicking on either

  • Get Superfast broadband for your home, or
  • Get Superfast broadband for your business

These links will display the logos of the superfast service providers which can provide you with a fibre enabled service

You can now contact your existing provider (if their logo is included) and/or another provider to request options and costs of superfast broadband service

It is worth comparing providers and also asking about full packages – including landline and possibly mobile and possibly TV services.

…and comparing costs to the cost of your existing services.

Some residents have already been able to negotiate much improved broadband speeds, and in some cases, at lower costs than they were paying for the slow speeds we have been used to.

STORIES – Do you have a story to tell about your ‘superfast’ connection experience, who your provider is, cost etc… please let us know so that we can share it with others –  TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com


WHICH MAGAZINE ARTICLE – What broadband speed do I need?

“Superfast broadband sounds appealing. But just how fast is it and do you really need it? Read on to find out.

(The article includes the image attached to this email newsletter.)



This is an extract from Money Supermarkethttps://www.moneysupermarket.com/broadband/speed/

“Before going all out with your broadband connection, take a quick look at your internet usage as a household, as sometimes is might actually make sense to go for a less expensive option which will suit your needs, rather than an expensive one that you won’t be using as much. Basically, just because super-fast speeds are available, it doesn’t mean that you should necessarily pay for them if you use the internet infrequently.

Here are the speeds we recommend at moneysupermarket.com based on your internet usage:

  • Light broadband internet users:If you don’t use the internet all that often, maybe just a few times a week to check emails and briefly surf the web, there’s little point in paying for high-speed downloads. There are many packages available at around 3Mbs, which are cost-effective starter packages and should be suited for your needs as a household. Besides, if you do feel a little held back, you can always upgrade to a faster connection at a later date.
  • Medium broadband internet users:If you find yourself on the internet each day of the week, maybe scrolling through your Facebook feed, checking emails, watching videos and maybe streaming some television services, you’re likely to be in the medium usage bracket of broadband users. Download speeds should be fairly important to you, whilst upload speeds might not be as much of a forethought for you. If you’re in this bracket you should probably look for a service of around 10-20Mbs to keep you going each month.
  • Heavy broadband internet users:For serial internet users out there who use the service to its full potential, and by this we mean spending hours on end watching cat videos on YouTube, downloading films and music regularly, streaming hours’ worth of TV shows and playing online games until the early hours, you’ll be safely considered a high-usage customer. You should definitely put download speed as a priority in your broadband search, and seriously consider an unlimited download limit along with a decent upload speed. The generally accepted speeds for you should be upward of 30Mbs, but serious users should look for services offering maybe 100Mbs to be safe.”




Latest Update – 23-Jan-2018


You will need to copy and paste the links as this is a copy and the links don’t work.

Update 11 Jan 2018

The link above doesn’t work

Click here

Update 24 December 2017

‘Some Meonstoke residents & businesses are the first in our parish to get ‘Superfast’ broadband

Are you included?

Find out at https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre

Or eMail Peter O’Sullivan (Meonstoke) TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com

Update 13 December 2017

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Update –  November 2017


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Update 23 May 2016

Please see the attached update on the implementation schedule for the Hampshire/BT BDUK superfast broadband for the Droxford Exchange

I am attaching both MS Word & PDF versions, as some people cannot read one or other version

Please will you make the update available via your websites, and Facebook pages, and directly to residents and businesses on your mailing lists



The BDUK team advises that the dates to which this update refers are not guaranteed;
the implementation activity may hit unforeseen obstacles causing a delay.


FTTP (Fibre to the Premise), offering up to 200 Mbps, will be implemented for properties in specified post codes

The speed will be determined by the contract with the service user’s selected superfast broadband provider. The speed will not be degraded by the current infrastructure or distance from the exchange.

The properties that will benefit are businesses and residential properties in selected post codes (listed in this update) in:

–           Most of Soberton

–           Most of Exton

–           Some of Corhampton

–           Some of Droxford

Meonstoke will not benefit from Stage 1 


FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet), offering up to 76 Mbps, will be implemented in most of the remaining properties.

The speed will be determined by the contract with the service user’s selected superfast broadband provider

The speed achievable will be subject to degradation caused by the current infrastructure (copper and aluminium) and/or distance from the exchange

The properties that will benefit are most (but not all) businesses and residential properties not included in Stage 1 – Soberton, Exton, Corhampton, Droxford;  and in Meonstoke (not included in Stage 1)


Some properties will not be in the scope of the Hampshire/BT BDUK plan to provide superfast broadband to 96% of Hampshire properties. The service users in these properties will not benefit from Stage 1 or Stage 2 implementation.


The update explains how service users can determine in which (if any) stage of implementation they will be included



I hope this is clear and helpful


Peter O’Sullivan


Update to November 16 meeting

The film of the ‘Meon Valley Digital Futures’ meeting has now been published and is available on YouTube via this link



I am writing to let you know that the film of the ‘Meon Valley Digital Futures’ meeting has now been published

The film (divided into sections – details in the attached document) is available on YouTube as an ‘unlisted’ playlist i.e. available only to those who have the URL, not through a general public search of YouTube

You can embed the playlist into the PC website. This is how.

I suggest you ask your website developer to include the text & encoding from the attached word document on your website; you can of course annotate or change the text.

The encoding (generated by YouTube, and highlighted in yellow) creates a window on the website page and embeds the Playlist in it.

You can see an example of something similar on the Saxons-in-the-Meon-Valley website page for promoting the aerial film – http://www.saxonsinthemeonvalley.org.uk/dvd  

You can also access the playlist via this shortened YouTube URL – goo.gl/uvb5qf; click on this URL or type or copy&paste it into a browser. 

I am also sending a notification to participants at, and people who expressed an interest in attending, the meeting in November; and publicising it through the February Bridge magazine.

I hope this make sense and is helpful


Peter O’Sullivan  / 07710035722

Another Update


The URL has been changed


Latest Update


Broadband Update


Complaints regarding telephone faults and slow broadband

If you are suffering from a number of telephone faults which don’t seem to be rectified or very slow broadband please give the details to Cllr John Shaw:- (email address  jdnsmeon@aol.com) with your name, telephone number and the recurring fault or the download speed and upload speed.

This will be forwarded to our MP George Hollingbery’s office who will take this up on our behalf.

15 September 2016


This statement below is the latest news from Hampshire County Council’s superfast broadband department.

As you will read, it gives no confirmation over which of us in Droxford, Meonstoke, Corhampton and Exton (all served by the Droxford exchange) will actually be lucky enough to get superfast broadband in 2017. Some may be lucky, others will not – and those people left behind will have no firm options for broadband improvement in the future.

“The situation in your postcode has not changed from the original update you posted below – we have changed the layout a little of the pop up information that residents read but the information remains the same: some properties in SO32 3NF will be upgraded between January and December 2017.

Unfortunately, some properties in SO32 3NF fall into the final 5% of properties which we cannot afford to connect to superfast broadband. This is likely to be because they are too far from the cabinet that will be upgraded. As an added complication, sometimes postcodes are served by more than one cabinet for example your postcode is served by Droxford 1, Droxford R7 and Droxford Exchange Only lines.

Those properties located within around 1200m of the cabinet will receive superfast speeds (minimum 24 Mbps) but beyond this point there is speed degradation. We have seen properties located 1km seen an improvement in speeds but those located closest to the cabinet will receive the best uplift in speeds.

Unfortunately it is not possible for us to predict in advance who will and who will not benefit from the upgrades, we can only ascertain what speeds you will receive once the cabinet goes live.

You will receive notification email once the cabinet that serves your postcode has been upgraded. Many thanks for your patience a

24 August 2016


Additional Superfast Funding available – Push for Droxford Exchange Now

July 31st 2015 update by Michael Peagram

The Government has announced yesterday the release of £129m of additional funding for rural superfast broadband.

Until now our understanding has been that we might expect Droxford exchange to be upgraded to superfast broadband sometime mid-2017.

We believe that a really good push now might and should accelerate this schedule.

It’s time to really make our feelings known to our MP, County Councillor and Hampshire County Council. Most importantly, please pass this email to your friends in the exchange area and ask them to do so too.

If you know anyone at South Downs NP capable of influencing decision making email them too! In my opinion, if they had done half as good a job as New Forest NP did for their Park, we’d be much further ahead now.

Contact our MP, George Hollingbery (please note the spelling!)george.hollingbery.mp@parliament.uk and County Councillor Roger HuxstepRoger.Huxstep@hants.gov.uk and Glenn Peacey, Programme Manager Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme, Glenn.Peacey@hants.gov.uk to let them know how important an early upgrade would be to your work and family.

We have always believed that Droxford exchange upgrade is precisely and exactly the sort of exchange which should have been upgraded first under the BDUK rural funding scheme.

But we are not remote from the superfast fibre – it runs up the A32!

No other exchange in Hampshire is more remote from a mainline railway station or motorway junction and nowhere would good quality communications more perfectly offset the need to travel unnecessarily.

Hampshire County Council asked us at the outset to register our interest in superfast broadband giving us the impression that by so doing we would affect the upgrade programme.

We were mystified and dismayed, therefore, to find that exchanges which had registered far fewer expressions of interest our being upgraded now and that we might have to wait until mid-2017. When pressed on this point Hampshire County Council say that they have to abide by the mysterious “algorithm” agreed with central government based on “homes passed”.

If is the case that the timing of Droxford’s upgrade was pre-ordained, then it seems that the entire registration process and call for local response was a nonsense and the politicians should admit it.
If it not a nonsense then making our urgent request for an upgrade must be our way forward. Droxford in the SDNP is every bit as worthy of an upgrade as North Yorkshire or Cumbria or Cornwall or wherever and because the fibre is there it’s a darn site cheaper to provide.

Let’s get Droxford fixed!

April 2015 update

According to Hampshire County Council’s www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com website most of Corhampton and Meonstoke postcodes will be included in Wave 2 which will extend superfast broadband coverage to 96% of properties across Hampshire between early 2016 and end of 2018.

It says: “There is a lot of detailed planning to undertake and we expect to publish more news regarding timescales for the rollout of Wave 2 from September 2015. The programme is committed to seeking additional support to extend coverage even further and address the hardest to reach premises in the remaining 4%.

“We will publish details regarding these plans as soon as they become available. Please note: This does not guarantee that every premise in the postcode will be able to access superfast broadband. In some cases, a few properties might be too far away from the new equipment to benefit.”

However, BT’s own website says our area is still in its “Exploring Solutions” category. BT’s website says: “We’re keen to bring Superfast Fibre to your area and are exploring how best to achieve that. We may deliver it as part of our commercial programme, or by working in partnership with your local authority. At the moment you can’t order Superfast Fibre.”

Please register you interest in superfast broadband as this could help speed up its installation in our area. Click here.


May 2014 update by Michael Peagram

Our efforts to secure superfast broadband for those served by Droxford telephone exchange has not progressed as rapidly as we had hoped.

Regular readers may recall that despite what was believed to be the highest rates of registration expressing interest in superfast broadband, the decision was made that Droxford area would not receive funding under Broadband Delivery UK.

The campaign is looking at alternative methods of funding an upgrade of the system, probably involving some form of local fund raising coupled with, potentially, grant assistance. With the help of Hampshire County Council, BT engineers were asked to assess the present system and look at ways that it can be improved.

An inspection was carried out just before Christmas but we are still waiting for their report. Hampshire County Council have confirmed that they are continuing to press BT but they state that “this a very complex picture because Droxford exchange isn’t being upgraded at all and so this is a complete build rather than the usual ‘add on’.”