Broadband Speeds Impacting Members
In the last few weeks, we've had a number of enquiries from members about their broadband provision and noting the impact that it was having on their businesses, especially in rural areas.
We've been talking to infrastructure providers and the relevant department about potenital solutions that can aid companies in rural areas.
The Northern Ireland Better Broadband Scheme is aimed at providing subsidised broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mb per second and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out.
Community Fibre Partnerships are available to groups of businesses and resedential customers in certain areas who can work together with BT to identify areas of need and work together to establish a jointly funded solution. This could be attractive to groups in business parks. Additonal funding may be available through local councils for this.
While not being a perfect solution, there are satellite and wireless broadband options that could be stop gap solutions for members.
Satellite broadband can deliver speeds of 10Mbps (or significantly more) but the speed is not guaranteed throughout the day and packages usually have monthly data caps. You will need to consider how much data you are likely to require and the monthly costs of different packages. Some satellite packages allow you to transfer data overnight without adding to the monthly costs. You will also experience a short time delay with satellite broadband as the broadband signal has to travel to the satellite and back to Earth. This may take a bit of getting used to. There are a number of companies that offer this in Northern Ireland.
Wireless broadband performs in a similar way to broadband delivered over the telephone network but the quality of the service will vary dependent on the product selected. Wireless broadband is only available in certain parts of the country.
To find out your current broadband speeds, check here
If you're having issues around broadband provision, or anything else- please don't hesitate in contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org