Test driving the special broadband on trial in Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill BT broadband trialI want it!

I went to see first hand the extra benefits local businesses and residents can enjoy this autumn as BT exclusively trials its super-fast broadband in the Muswell Hill area.

BT have actually selected two areas – yes Muswell Hill and somewhere in Wales – to pilot this new super-fast highway. Andrew Campling, BT’s general manager for London, showed me how fast the download actually is. Whoooooooosh and it’s done. Given I occasionally use unparliamentary language as I wait and wait for downloads (and uploads for that matter) I want it.

I got to see how fast the 100 meg broadband could download and upload files, as well as stream films and video conferences. Muswell Hill residents will get to test the new technology during the autumn and will be able to use the super fast broadband for free. The only drawback is the need for yet another bit of clutter on our streets – in the form of another BT box. Don’t see a way round that though.

Lots of local people work from home and once they have seen how fast this new super duper broadband works – they will feel benefit if they have to go back to their old speeds!

Coming out of a recession is all about finding new solutions, and hopefully innovations like these will help both local residents and businesses get the best possible service in the future – so long as the price is right.

0 thoughts on “Test driving the special broadband on trial in Muswell Hill

  1. Lynne, would you be willing to use your influence to help those of us who really want this service but happen to live within the Muswell hill conservation zone? Sadly the boxes which BT must place in the street to contain the fibre-optic junction boxes conflict with our council’s view of what is acceptable in a conservation zone.


  2. Those boxes are going to be superceded by smaller one before too long (but that, I know, is no help today).
    But, Lynne, will you let me go off at a tangent? A major problem with both public and private land transport is the commuter peak, Monday to Friday for most of the year (holiday periods excepted). Today’s factories include increasing numbers of the big offices with rows of people sitting at computer screens. Increasingly, all the documents that they work with have been digitised. A significant number of them could work from home, or from neighbourhood centres – but only if that high speed broadband could be available to them (and it must be highly reliable). Maybe they would have to go into the office once a week, but not necessarily at today’s commuter peak times, so the commuter peak gets reduced twice over: less commuters, spread out in time.
    Today we are ranked at twenty something in the world rankings of broadband speeds, and yesterday I heard some industry spokesperson claiming that we are doing OK with broadband speeds, thank you very much – no, we are not. On 3 occasions in the last year I have been included in a meeting that was split between London and Scotland. It used a high speed broadband link to create video conferencing facilities – and it was like talking to the people at the other end of the country through an open window. LDs to promote more outworking, and more video conferencing, perhaps?

  3. Salim – at this point it is a pilot. I think there are issues around the sitting of boxes and the way they look. I think there must be room for BT to work with the Council to try and find something acceptable for conservation areas so that they can receive this service. I will try and find out from both sides whether they are willing to do this.