You thought it would never happen and for many years it has held a lot of us back and caused a LOT of frustration but FINALLY…. you can upgrade to fast broadband in Thornham Magna!! I’d suggest you login to (or call) your internet provider right now and order that upgrade! Prices will vary but it’s a relatively modest price increase for most (perhaps £6-£10 per month extra).
The technology we have is called FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet. What this means is that the fibre connection terminates on the A140 near the White Horse and the last mile or so is good old fashioned copper. This limits speed and means you won’t hit headline speeds BUT you’ll be jumping from a around 2mpbs to 30 mpbs (download) on average. I think we’re guaranteed around 20mpbs which is plenty fast enough to stream TV services for example. We may see speeds approaching 40mpbs on a good day! Upload speeds should be around 6mbps which again is a massive increase on our current <0.5mbps! Most people don’t do much uploading though so it isn’t of huge importance to most of you unless you use services like Apple’s iCloud for your photos.
As always, your actual speeds will vary according to the copper pair you’re on, the distance to the cabinet and the equipment you use.