Alternative Solutions

If you are not on the current plans for receiving fibre broadband, there are a number of options that you could consider. Whilst each has its own pros and cons, they can nevertheless provide significant improvements in speeds for people on slow and possibly unreliable broadband.

Cornwall Council Grant Scheme

From January 2018 onwards Cornwall Council are planning to make a grant scheme available to communities and businesses not covered in the 2018-2020 rollout. This could be used to contribute towards the set-up costs of any viable technical solution capable of delivering superfast speeds, including 4G mobile, wireless and satellite. It could also be used to contribute towards the costs of a fibre solution, for example through Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership scheme at https://communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/.

Avanti Superfast Satellite Broadband Project

The new Superfast Satellite Broadband project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will provide SME businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with up to 40Mbps broadband speeds. The scheme enables businesses, which currently cannot get access to superfast broadband, to take up a 40Mbps service with subsidised installation and service charges.

To find out more & grow your business visit  www.avantiplc.com/cornwall 

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

The Government is committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed to every premise in the UK. As part of this Cornwall Council, in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), are delivering a Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.  This scheme contributes towards the equipment and installation of a subsidised broadband connection.

If you are interested in the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, please see further details in the Information Guide 

Note - This scheme is due to finish on 31/12/2017 and we are now recommending that further applications are not made. 

Mobile Broadband

Cornwall has seen recent improvements in mobile coverage, particularly 4G, which is capable of providing fast broadband services to many locations beyond the superfast fibre footprint. You can check the current availability of 4G broadband services using the Ofcom mobile coverage checker.

Some people use a more sensitive internal device that will pick up a weaker signal if placed in a window, and Superfast Cornwall have a couple of such devices that we can loan out for a short test. Others have installed even more sensitive external antenna. Note that mobile broadband is beyond the scope of our project, and people will need to arrange their own solution with a provider of their choice.

Satellite and Mobile Broadband

Please note that both satellite and mobile services tend to have a monthly download cap. Satellite has an inherent delay due to the distances involved and you should get used this when using applications like Skype and general web-surfing.

You should seek professional advice (e.g. from your IT provider) to check that all the services you plan to use are compatible with a satellite or mobile connection and whether any reconfiguration is required for things like your network, router and email set-up. Carefully consider your expected use before signing a contract for a satellite or mobile service.

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