Broadband in Poole
From an emerging port in the 12th Century to a departing point for D-Day landings in the Second World War, Poole has been at the forefront of history and commerce for centuries. To entice new businesses from more expensive regions, however, super-fast broadband access is a clear priority for the town.
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The following statistics are compiled from 2845 broadband speed tests taken in Poole.
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From medieval ships to motor yachts
During the Norman Conquest, the town expanded into a busy port before being awarded the status of a staple port by King Henry VI. In the 16th Century, the town established strong commercial links with the North American colonies, while trade with Newfoundland supported the growing demand for fish in Europe. By the 18th Century, local merchants inherited vast wealth, which encouraged the development of extravagant Georgian mansions in the Old Town area.
As one of the largest embarkment points for the D-Day landings in the Second World War, 81 landing craft of American troops left the harbour for Omaha Beach. The port was also an important centre for Combined Operations and served as the base of the U.S. Coast Guard.
After the war, many great buildings were demolished, although a conservation zone was created in 1975 to protect buildings in the historic town centre.
The economy of Poole is particularly well rounded, with a larger manufacturing sector than many other local towns. Major employers include Sunseeker, the largest privately-owned yacht builder, Sealed Air, Hamworthy Combustion and Siemens.
Many large regeneration projects have also helped reshape the economy. The Dolphin Shopping centre, the main retail area, was extensively refurbished in the 2000s, while holiday companies such as British Holidays and Haven have also developed large complexes around the town.
To keep this momentum going, digital connectivity is crucial to Poole’s continued success. The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has successfully campaigned for almost £10million in funding for super-fast broadband in Poole and other areas of the county by 2015.
Currently communities around Lower Parkstone, Penn Hill, Hamworthy, Oakdale and Lilliput are encountering speeds of anything between 3Mbps up to a much more respectable 8Mpbs. There are some sub-2Mbps spots, particularly down near the harbour, but f the new investment goes to plan, hopefully this disruption should be resolved soon.
Broadband providers and services
To find out more about the broadband services available in your area, see our options below.
Fibre optic broadband
To check fibre optic broadband availability in Poole, see our fibre optic broadband page.
To check BT Infinity availability in Poole, see our BT Infinity page.
TalkTalk fibre broadband
To check TalkTalk fibre broadband availability in Poole, see our TalkTalk fibre broadband page.
To check Sky broadband availability in Poole, see our Sky broadband page.
Virgin Media cable broadband
To check Virgin cable broadband availability in Poole, see our Virgin Media broadband page.
To check BT broadband availability in Poole, see our BT broadband page.
To check Plusnet broadband availability in Poole, see our Plusnet broadband page.
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