Faster internet will soon be coming to three South Derbyshire villages. Residents in Etwall, Melbourne and Overseal will be seeing upgrades to their broadband speeds across the coming months.
This has been claimed by South Derbyshire District Council, after upgrades were made to telephone exchanges and roadside cabinets that hold the needed technology to supply broadband to nearby homes in Burnaston and Newton Solney.
These two Derbyshire villages will now have access to fibre broadband, a far superior and quicker system than what was in place before.
These upgrades come as part of Derbyshire County Council’s 'Digital Derbyshire' scheme which, by working in partnership with BT will see hundreds of miles of fibre optic cable installed across the county.
The aim is to have 98 per cent of homes in Derbyshire to have access to internet speeds of at least 24 megabits per second, basically very quick internet, by the end of 2018.
Councillor Martyn Ford, the deputy leader at South Derbyshire District Council has commented on the upgrade to the internet system in the two villages, explaining that it is a benefit to all in the area.
Councillor Ford said: "We welcome the upgrades. They will enable thousands to benefit, improving enjoyment of online services such as film downloads and increasing the efficiency of business operations."
Because of the work done by Digital Derbyshire, residents and businesses in these villages will be able to purchase fibre broadband from their respective internet provider, giving them faster speeds.
Residents from across Derbyshire who are yet to benefit from having their internet upgraded are being encourage to apply to the better broadband subsidy scheme, which offers grants to help improve broadband services.
Applications must be made by the end of 2017 and full details about the scheme can be found online at www.digitalderbyshire.org.uk .
What does faster internet mean?
With terms like megabits and up or down speeds being thrown around by many people nowadays, it can be confusing to know what constitutes as quick internet and what is slow.
Megabits per second, or MBps, refers to the number of megabytes that are transferred per second, which are the units of data. These measure how quickly data can move between different locations, and how, importantly, quickly you can load up that game of Farmville.
So naturally, the higher the Megabits per second, the quicker the internet will be.
Now, not everybody needs seriously high speed internet, if you mainly use the internet to scroll through Facebook or browse the Burton Mail, then you may not need to pay the premium for high speeds.
Different levels will be on offer from most internet providers, but you will have to pay more if you want the quickest internet around.
For light broadband users, who don’t go online that often, maybe a couple of times a week to check emails, broadband speeds of around 3MBps will be plenty.
But, if you use the internet a bit more than that, every day and watch videos or films online, then a slightly higher speed might be for you. A service of between 10 and 20MBps would be ideal.
For any heavy internet users, who find themselves up to the early hours watching episode after episode on Netflix, regularly download films or music online or play a lot of online games, then speeds upwards of 30MBps should be your target.