BROADBAND SCHEME: Couple looking forward to faster connection

Rhian Woods and Andrew Francis. Picture: OX55676 Richard Cave

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FOR husband-and-wife architect team Rhian Woods and Andrew Francis, slow broadband speeds in rural Watlington hamper their business and personal lives.

They run Purple Architects from an office in their garden, and their 6mbps connection is not enough. Ms Woods, 43, said: “Even during the day when we’re using the internet for research and using things like Google Earth, it is slow.

“Then, when our children come home in the evening and want to stream something from iPlayer, it’s constantly buffering.

“We sometimes work late, and it’s very slow in the evenings. We also have to email fairly large drawing files. A typical drawing can be about 10 megabytes, and that can take a long time.”

Ms Woods and Mr Francis, 55, say they “get by” with their connection, and it doesn’t stop them doing what they need to do, but their business and home life could be more efficient if they had access to faster broadband.

Ms Woods added: “We’re in the centre of Watlington, which is likely to benefit from the county council’s scheme, but it’s not likely to do anything for the most rural areas.

“The possibility that these areas could be covered by some kind of community broadband scheme is being explored, so hopefully between the two of them the whole area will improve.”

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9:28am Wed 5 Dec 12

Gezz123 says...

Don't let the kids go on your business broadband; get a 2nd line and get a specific Business broadband account which is more expensive but comes with a lower contention ratio and better support. If you ask BT to check and tune the line for Broadband speed on a Business account, they'll take it seriously whereas BT at home won't.
Don't let the kids go on your business broadband; get a 2nd line and get a specific Business broadband account which is more expensive but comes with a lower contention ratio and better support. If you ask BT to check and tune the line for Broadband speed on a Business account, they'll take it seriously whereas BT at home won't. Gezz123
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12:19pm Wed 5 Dec 12

King Joke says...

I use BT home broadband line for work and it's fine - BT take my connection far more seriously than my own IS Support do!
I use BT home broadband line for work and it's fine - BT take my connection far more seriously than my own IS Support do! King Joke
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7:26pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Gezz123, judging by their garden office, they look like they are doing quite well, and notwithstanding the money saved by not having to travel into the office everyday, I am sure as you say, they could afford a second connection.
Gezz123, judging by their garden office, they look like they are doing quite well, and notwithstanding the money saved by not having to travel into the office everyday, I am sure as you say, they could afford a second connection. Pavinder Msvarensy
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9:22pm Wed 5 Dec 12

buyer beware says...

Zen Office for their post code offers an ADSL2+ broadband service up to 16Mbps download speeds and upload speeds of up to 1Mbps for £45 a month 400GB download usage or unlimited for £75 a month.
Zen Office for their post code offers an ADSL2+ broadband service up to 16Mbps download speeds and upload speeds of up to 1Mbps for £45 a month 400GB download usage or unlimited for £75 a month. buyer beware
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