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Innovative solutions after Superfast Cymru

The Government is now actively thinking beyond the completion of the current ‘Superfast’ Broadband rollout programme, scheduled to be March 2015 in Wales.

Next week UK Government, Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, will be chairing a round table event in Westminster with key stakeholders to consider how best to get Superfast Broadband to the most difficult to reach areas.

The great and good will discuss the development of “innovative solutions” to solve the problem whilst needing to satisfy DCMS requirement for  “enhanced mobile services, new fixed technologies and alternative approaches to structuring financial support”.

Whilst BT will naturally be promoting the benefits of their forthcoming Gfast technology and recently acquired mobile spectrum, it’s yet to be seen to what extent the roll of Wi-Fi could play.  Some argue that Wi-Fi is the most cost effective and potentially most flexible solution for those at the end of the Broadband line, as can be seen here.

Reference: UK Gov, National Infrastructure Plan 2013

WiFi on its way for First Great Western trains

If you’re tired of poor mobile coverage and no Internet access on the Paddington train to Wales, you may have to wait a little longer.

First Great Western (FGW) has announced a time scale for the implementation of free WiFi on board its High Speed Train fleet and Night Riviera Sleeper services running from Paddinton to the Costwolds and the West Country.

On 14 October First Great Western pledged to increase WiFi provision as part of its new, 23-month franchise which will see all 53 of its High Speed Trains fitted with WiFi. Installation work for this will start in May 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Nomad Digital (who are delivering the WiFi service for First Great Western)  state that “The public’s demand for WiFi connectivity on transport has grown rapidly, becoming a vital tool for working and staying connected while on the move.

Unfortunately passengers travelling between London, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Bristol Parkway and Wales, will have to wait a while.  In the meantime there is free WiFi at several FGW stations through the public provider The Cloud or your mobile phone network.