Have you given your Voucher Code to your chosen CDS approved broadband supplier yet ?
More than 84 CDS vouchers have been issued to premises in Compton Dundon
to enable parishioners to have a fast connection to the internet, independent of BT.
Some parishioners are utilising their voucher to bring benefits to their individual premises using a Cellular – Mobile Data 4G Wireless Broadband Internet Connection. Currently unlimited data tariff is not available but 60 GB data allowance per month is available.
(Subject to availability of a 4G signal Outdoors via high gain aerial on the roof or chimney of the premises – the supplier tests for this)
Cellular is good in that it has a choice of tariffs and suppliers and does not hopefully need any additional infrastructure in our parish for now.
SWMB have been out measuring the strength of the signal around our parish and are confident that a superfast service can be supplied to most premises. The router provided by SWMB takes a SIM card like in your mobile phone.
Phone: 01460 298344
Mobile: 07776 333691
Russell Baker of SWMB says
” The CDS VOUCHER (or £495) which includes the 4G Modem, External Antenna. EE Data PAYG Sim Card, Full Installation, and Site Survey and a 12 month Warranty (3 months on the modem), plus 12 months free support.
There is no extra cost for the hardware although a Data Only Sim card needs to be purchased through ourselves (which is an EE data sim card) or directly through the mobile supplier.
Prices vary depending on the capacity size e.g. 16GB to 100GB and the length of contract i.e. 1 month rolling contract to 24 months so you can control your expenditure.
16GB starts from £22 a month. 32GB for a 1 month rolling contract is £28, or a 24 month contract is £25 a month. These are our most popular deals. We also provide at a small additional charge VOIP solutions meaning the customer can use the internet without the need of a landline.
We also boost Mobile Phone signals through either “Wi-Fi calling” through EE, or via 02 and 3 apps which uses the router to boost the signal to the maximum strength.”
In answers to your questions
1. Exactly how much will it cost? Many people I have talked to you are concerned that they are going to have to pay considerably more that they are at the moment through BT.
The installation and all equipment is free of charge, under the CDS scheme, and there are no connection fees. So everything is free. Depending on the network EE and Vodafone are currently doing the best deals. EE Best deal is £31 for 64GB but is only available if you ring them. It is 08009566000. Vodafone do £30 a month for 50GB but is half price for the first 6 months (which is therefore £15 a month). We also are resellers for Vonage which do calls over the internet (VOIP) which is £15 a month which includes all calls to UK landline and mobiles as well as 6 countries including Ireland and the USA. If you want all call free worldwide it is £19a month. All mobile phone calls will be “boosted” by your Wi-fi device, to its maximum strength, as can be seen here. https://www.vonage.co.uk/useful-info/videos/how-to-videos/vonage-extensions-app/
If the customer decides to go the VIOP route, they can drop the BT line rental altogether as you can port your number across . An ATA adaptor connects your fixed line telephone handsets or DECT phones to your router so that they can be used for VoIP calls. So this could also save the customer £17 a month on average and get free calls at the same time.
2. How much data do I need? Again, most people currently have unlimited Broadband through BT – although it’s a dreadful service!.
Some downloads and apps are easier to measure than others.
For instance, if the app or software install you’re about to download is as large as 100 Mb, or even more, it should clearly stated in the app or software download description section, so you can decide if you want download it using your inclusive data package.
However, other functions that are part of your everyday use may consume a varying amount of data and could catch you by surprise.
For example, some of your emails might have large attachments that may take a lot of data to download, or some web pages may have more video or image content than others, which means they use more data to download. An adblocker which is free of charge is a good way of stopping this happening.
How much it is likely to cost you for going over your allotted mobile phone internet limit is variable, depending on which tariff you have chosen, and which network you are with.
However, in most cases you may find it is a bit of a shock financially to exceed your mobile data limit. So it is important to find a tariff that matches your data needs.
It is always better and cheaper to overestimated your data allowance than underestimate it, as “topping up” your data allowance is very expensive.
We strongly advise that you confirm with SWMB beforehand to ensure you choose the right data package to avoid a bill shock at the end of the month.
The EE data calculator is a good way of estimating how much data you really need
3. How long is your contract? Are there any penalties for stopping before the end of contract?
All contracts can be as little as 30 days, which for example is £29 for 32GB on EE or £30 for 50GB on 30 days with Vodafone. However the longer the contract the cheaper it is. Please contact me for the current best deals, as they always vary from time to time, and I always keep in touch with this, however this is an example. http://www.vodafone.co.uk/shop/bundles-and-sims/sim-only-data-bundles/?cid=ppc-mec-auto/sjoqejtxs
However as I say EE best deals are always on the phone.
4. Can I replace my BT telephone line, but keep my existing number? Will this allow me to have calls anytime? How much will this cost?
Yes you can using the Vonage VOIP method for keeping your number and making anytime calls to mobiles and landlines for £15 a month. I can set this up for you.
5. What broadband speed can I expect? Uploading and downloading?
We have done 3 “free” installs so far in Compton Dundon. The fastest one was 76 MP/s download and 25MB/s upload. The other ones were 30MP/s download/ 5MP/s upload and 44MP/s download/ 7Mp/s upload. This varies because of the “ease” of line of sight to the 4G mast which we get from using our 4G analysers which tell us the best position to position the antenna, just like a TV aerial installation.
Many Thanks for the questions Ian and I hope it is some interest to you.
One last thing I would add is as this is free people are using this system as “a stop gap” before they get on the Fibre network. Our Download and Upload speeds are generally faster than existing FTTC options, unless you live near to the exchange, due to the poor copper wiring, although GigaClear are doing Fibre to your front door.”
An example of the service speed received in Compton Street showing a download speed in excess of 40 Mbps – this may vary with location.
Roof mounted aerial for 4G cellular data connection
Do you have a voucher and do you wish to utilise it ?
CDS say that more than 84 premises in Compton Dundon have vouchers out of 140 eligible premises
Do you wish to keep your landline so you can still get technical support if your new service is down and you do not have mobile coverage?
Are you committed to an existing broadband contract (that is delivering more than 2Mbps) and therefore would you be prepared to pay for two contracts during an overlap period ? You may have to spend hundreds of pounds on installation if you have not paid for it with a voucher now.
Listed building consent is required – cost free - for the ‘side plate’ sized external antenna (on the chimney or gable - antenna can be painted to blend in ).
Russell’s team did the install on Friday. I’m fortunate as there is line of sight to a mast in Somerton so I’m getting 75-80Mbps download and 35-40Mbps upload. Signal strength on the router is 4 out of 4 bars.
To add a couple of points to below. The EE deal at the moment is a 50% discount for the Home WiFi offering 64GB data pcm for £30.50 but existing EE customers can get a further 10% off this, so £27.45 (£6.99 delivery). Contract is 24 months then monthly rolling thereafter. Charges increase by RPI annually. Data is capped so access just stops unless you contact them for more, which is likely to be charged in £10 add-ons of a few GB so not cost effective. Given the speeds, HD download is possible which consumes data at about 3x SD so 1GB/ hour v 3GB/ hour.
Points to note that with this EE Max + tariff you get free BT Sport (all channels) [so could save £5 pcm] but you will not be able to ‘cast’ using Chromecast or mirroring device.
David K Brown in Littleton
Thanks to Connecting Devon and Somerset and South West Mobile Broadband Ltd. http://www.southwestmobilebroadband.com We now have High Speed Broadband in Compton Street Compton Dundon. Truly painless installation and now super speedy broadband and actually saving money on existing sky service.