Su­per­fast web con­nec­tion for New­ton Farm

Res­i­dents were fed up with ca­pac­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Homes in New­ton Farm are ex­pected to have su­per­fast broad­band by Fri­day af­ter a year-long bat­tle.

Open­reach con­firmed this week that it has added ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity to the lo­cal net­work to en­sure ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as stream­ing video is now pos­si­ble on­line.

The news has been wel­comed by house­hold­ers who have been liv­ing with 1.5 to 2megabytes for months.

Craig Boyd, one res­i­dent who was strug­gling to work from home be­cause of the level of broad­band avail­able said: “It be­came avail­able to or­der two days ago.

“The or­ders are open and they have in­di­cated a start date for April 21 so it looks promis­ing.

“I man­aged to or­der be­tween 55 and 70mg. It de­pends on how far away you are from the cab­i­net, but they have guar­an­teed a min­i­mum of 55mg, that’s a mas­sive jump from what is cur­rently avail­able.”

Craig, who works as a net­work en­gi­neer, says the up­grade is vi­tal for his work and also his chil­dren, who, like oth­ers their age, are ac­cus­tomed to ev­ery­thing be­ing avail­able on­line.

“I’m on call one week a month and I have to have ac­cess to the in­ter­net for that,” he said. “I have to get my wee girl to come off the in­ter­net and stop what she wants to do so I can work.

“I know ev­ery­one in our es­tate has found it re­ally dif­fi­cult. It will make a big dif­fer­ence.”

Su­per­fast broad­band was pre­vi­ously un­avail­able to many New­ton Farm homes be­cause of the dis­tance be­tween the es­tate and the tele­phone ex­change. And with so many new-build houses in the area there was no ca­pac­ity and nearby cab­i­nets.

A spokesman for Open­reach said: “Fol­low­ing higher than ex­pected de­mand for fi­bre broad­band ser­vices in parts of Cam­bus­lang, Open­reach en­gi­neers have been work­ing to add ca­pac­ity to cab­i­nets 19 and 36.

“The en­gi­neer­ing work to cab­i­net 36 is now com­plete and cus­tomers are al­ready en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of su­per­fast broad­band speeds.

“More com­plex en­gi­neer­ing work is now be­ing agreed with the lo­cal author­ity to add a new cab­i­net close to cab­i­net 19 and we ex­pect this work to be com­plete by the sum­mer. With all civil en­gi­neer­ing projects on this scale dates can change due to a num­ber of fac­tors.

“Al­ready, more than 78 per cent of homes and busi­nesses in Cam­bus­lang can ben­e­fit from su­per­fast broad­band with more to come. Avail­abil­ity and up­dates can be checked at open­reach.co.uk.”

Open­reach con­firmed in Fe­bru­ary that it would add broad­band ca­pac­ity to the New­ton Farm es­tate af­ter Margaret Fer­rier MP threw her weight be­hind the res­i­dents’ cam­paign.

MSP Clare Haughey also re­cently se­cured as­sur­ances from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment that it will take steps to en­sure res­i­dents of new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments like New­ton do not suf­fer the same prob­lems in fu­ture.

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