Superfast broadband for Nunney?

Rural broadband speed

Now is the time to register your personal interest in superfast broadband for Nunney – better for local business and for residents.

Rural broadband speedCouncillor Ian Sanderson has alerted Nunney Parish Council to the fact that our broadband speeds are not always great.

Many people, for example, cannot stream TV or use Skype (especially if you have several devices connected) and that makes it hard to run a business from the village.

You can check your broadband speed at: or by using the same test below:

By checking over a number of days at the same and different times you can see the variation you are experiencing.

The superfast broadband project to connect Devon and Somerset aims to have 90% coverage by 2016. It currently lists Frome as “accepting orders” and Nunney as “under evaluation”.

If you would like to register your personal interest (which couldn’t hurt) you can fill in the demand survey at:

In theory the current broadband speed for Nunney is 7Mb-8Mb. This is the fastest speed that Nunney exchange can support.

Broadband speed depends on:

  • distance from your telephone exchange – the shorter the distance, the higher the speed supported;
  • the quality of the telephone line – a phone line comprises two insulated copper conductors twisted around each other; damaged, corroded copper or poor connection between cables will mean lower speeds;
  • bad weather, electrical interference from domestic appliances and peak-time demand can also affect speeds.

Heavy users can cause peak traffic volumes to exceed the engineered maximum load. This means that a small number of excessive users can impact adversely on other users. Note that faster speed does not necessarily mean a stable service.

The majority of superfast installations will be ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’ (FTTC). This is a part-fibre, part-copper solution capable of delivering download speeds of up to 80Mbits/s, with upload speed of 20Mbit/s.

In this solution, the fibre is overlaid on the current copper infrastructure running from the exchange to new street cabinets. Copper will continue to be the link from the street cabinet to the home.

Fibre carries more information over a longer distance, is more reliable and lasts longer, is immune to corrosion, resistant to electromagnetic interference and secure and immune to crosstalk.

Typically, superfast broadband takes 15 months to deliver; months 1-9 are spent preparing the exchange, months 3-9 planning the network (surveying the area, drawing up plans for where the fibre optic cable, ducts and new cabinets will go – including getting planning permission where needed) and months 10-15 are for the actual installation (connecting from the exchange to the new street cabinets).