Rutland Telecom launches the fastest fibre optic rural broadband in the UK (up to 40Mbps)

Rural Internet Services Provider Rutland Telecom will launch the UK’s fastest rural fibre optic broadband up to 40Mbps and averaging at 25Mbps in Lyddington, Rutland at 1pm on Wednesday 14th April 2010.
Lyddington’s Next Generation village broadband is a significant milestone in UK telecommunications history and is the first time the copper subloop has been fully unbundled with residents effectively being cut off from the local BT exchange and transferred to a street cabinet owned by the company and supplied by fibre optic cables. All voice and data services are now delivered from what is effectively a mini telephone exchange in the village.
Before Rutland Telecom installed the service in Lyddinton, the average speed in the village was 0.5Mbps – BBC iPlayer and YouTube did not work and large files could not be uploaded. The average download speed is now 25Mbps (10-40Mbps range) and residents are watching streaming HD TV via their broadband.
Rutland Telecom is confident it can provide high-speed Broadband to most rural areas in the UK and if there is sufficient interest in an area, equipment maybe installed at the company’s cost, alternatively a contribution is asked for towards the capital costs, sometimes by the residents or by local business or a combination of both.
Rural communities can typically have download speeds around 300kbps and Rutland Telecom’s solution will deliver speeds up to 40Mbps from street cabinets with 10Mbps upload speeds possible.
Dr David Lewis said: “Where we see local demand for specialist services, as we have done in Lyddington, we have the flexibility to innovate.
“We are excited to have developed the first UK offering of Fibre to the Cabinet in a rural location. Coupled with our lower contention ratios and local service and support, this has brought a unique service to an otherwise technologically-impoverished rural community.
“The ‘digital divide’ has become one of the major social and business issues of our time. Investing in high speed broadband could be the key to stimulating rural economies everywhere so people can remain in the countryside to live and work.”
For more information about Rutland Telecom and the Lyddington launch go to  “”  or contact Rupert Warwick on 01208 871175 or
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Support from Stephen Fry, comedian and actor
Comedian and actor Stephen Fry who went to school in the neighbouring town of Uppingham, the home of Rutland Telecom, sent this message of support.
“Sorry I can’t be there on the great launch day, but I just wanted to send my support. I’m old enough to remember the great postal strike of 1970 or 71, when Rutland issued its own postage stamps.
“This is a far more important step. It has always been a frustration that fast, reliable broadband service has always been hardest for those who most benefit – those in the countryside far from metropolitan and urban areas whose use of full Internet services can not only revitalise rural areas but also do considerable good to the environment, allowing people and businesses to work with so much less travel.
“I am fantastically impressed by the enterprise, initiative and technical savvy of Rutland Telecom and wish them well here in Uppingham and in the wider UK beyond.”
Endorsement from BERR
“The availability of broadband is increasingly important to UK businesses and citizens and it’s crucial we ensure that rural communities aren’t left behind as the rest of the country enjoys the benefits of a 21st Century Digital Britain.
Local infrastructure projects – such as the work that Rutland Telecom is doing – have a key role to play in the roll-out of next generation broadband; helping speed up the availability of new services in remote areas. We congratulate Rutland Telecom on what has been achieved so far and will be watching their future projects with interest.”
Stephen Carter: Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Digital Britain)
  1. chrisconder
    April 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Excellent news, nice to see a start to roll out in a rural area, well done!

  2. John Parkinson
    April 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Very good news to those of us living in rural communities. Let’s hope this is the start of a nationwide drive to resolve the Rural IT network problem.

  3. Joe
    April 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Great news! I had to compare broadband a few times before I managed to find a broadband provider who actually provided provision for broadband in my area

  4. November 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    most broadband services are crappy, they can’t maintain high data transfer rates ‘;”

  1. April 9, 2010 at 8:01 am

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