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Isle of Wight's latest fibre broadband cabinet unveiled by giants

Thursday, August 13th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

To the untrained eye it may look like just a small green matchbox.

But the latest addition to Godshill Model Village on the Isle of Wight is none other than the smallest superfast broadband cabinet in the country.

It doesn't offer much in terms of speed, but what does that matter when your TV is only a couple of centimetres wide?

After all, you probably don't need much more than 0.1Mbps for your miniscule computer and a few pixels for your tiny television.

The miniature replica broadband cabinet was put in place to mark the arrival of superfast broadband in Godshill – including its popular model village.

The miniature cabinet was unveiled – not by giants – but by Councillor Shirley Smart, the Isle of Wight's executive member for regeneration and the economy, and BT senior network engineer John Taylor.

In total, 15,697 homes on the island can now get superfast speeds as part of the council and government-funded rural broadband project.

The latest figures come as the government announced that its superfast broadband rollout has now reached more than 3m homes and businesses.

It said the rollout, which aims to deliver internet speeds of 24Mbps or faster to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks, is on track to take superfast access to 95% of the UK by 2017.

Announcing the latest milestone in the rollout for the Isle of Wight, Councillor Shirley Smart, the council’s executive member for regeneration and the economy, said: "This latest cabinet switch on means even more Isle of Wight households can access higher broadband speeds.

'Grow rapidly'

“This is the latest milestone in the rural broadband project which means we are more than three quarters of the way to achieving 99% fibre connectivity on the island.

"This doesn't only benefit private households. Many businesses, especially in rural locations, are already benefitting from the service as a lot of business is conducted online, whether this is transactions, orders or virtual meetings for example."

BT has made £129m available to extend the government-led rollout of superfast broadband after beating its projected take-up targets.

Dave Axam, south east regional director for the company, said: “Today marks important milestones, both locally and nationally, for the faster broadband revolution.

“This exciting technology is transforming the opportunities for communities across the Isle of Wight and the UK as a whole.

“This news, coupled with BT's own separate commercial programme, means fibre broadband is available to more than 65,000 households and businesses on the island – and the number is continuing to grow rapidly.

“Successful broadband partnerships are creating a lasting legacy, which will play a key role in the future prosperity of communities for many years to come.”

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