Superfast Broadband

Rural Broadband Project

Project Background

The Isle of Wight Rural Broadband project plan was formally approved in February 2012.

The project plan set out the requirements of the project and the Council's aspirations for those that live and work on the Island.

The Island's vision was simple - to reduce the digital divide between the Island and the mainland and to enable economic growth and digital inclusion for all residents and businesses, through access to faster broadband by 2015.

Physical separation from the mainland by sea is a major contributing factor to the Island's economic performance and related social issues, evidenced by high levels of deprivation. Broadband coverage on the Island is also inconsistent.

There are a significant number of private and commercial properties across the Island in broadband 'not spots' either having no broadband access, or suffering very slow internet speeds of less than 2Mbps (megabits per second) with co-existing pockets of digital, social and economic exclusion. Access to superfast broadband will, therefore, enable the addressing of local disparities across the Island as well as reducing the performance gap with the South-East and UK.

Areas Covered

Superfast broadband will deliver internet speeds of above 24Mbps and involves the installation of new street cabinets, upgrades to telephone exchanges and extending the fibre network on the Island.

For a short animation on how this is done, please visit the BT Open Reach website by clicking here.

The Isle of Wight Rural Broadband project is a partnership between the Council, BT and the delivery arm of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BDUK.

The areas that will be covered by the project are known as the intervention areas. The intervention areas of the project have been mapped out and cover a number of different build phases. Please note that BT may visit a postcode more than once to undertake the work required to deploy broadband services. To view the map that is associated with the project area please click here

To view a list of postcodes associated with Phase 1 please click here  (PDF, 105.75KB 2 pages)

To view a list of postcodes associated with Phase 2 please click here  (PDF, 113.23KB, 3 pages)

To view a list of postcodes associated with Phase 3 please click here  (PDF, 116.77KB, 4 pages)

To view a list of postcodes associated with Phase 4 please click here  (PDF, 106.88KB, 2 pages)

Please note that some postcodes are listed more than once in each document.

The BT Openreach checker can be used to check whether or not a newly built street cabinet is ready to accept orders and to view the BT Openreach checker please click here (website).

BT's Commercial Roll Out

BT's commercial roll out covered 50,000 premises, and is not connected to the Rural Broadband Project. Technical reasons such as long line lengths mean that some premises with access to fibre broadband still have very low speeds. if this is the case and typical speeds at the premises are less than 2Mbps please let the Rural Broadband project know, using the contact tab. Information received by the Rural Broadband project will be forwarded to BT for further analysis.

Important Information Relating to the Mapping 

Openreach has now begun to carry out surveys, network design and planning to develop their implementation plan for the project with works commencing in early 2014. Please note that due to the technical and complex nature of this project, this information is still not final at this stage and our intervention areas are still subject to change until detailed surveys have been completed and the design of the network has been updated. ‘

The postcode areas are based on Ordnance Survey data from November 2012. This map will be subject to change during the project. This map may not be 100% accurate and should not be interpreted as such.

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