Author Archives: David Nye

First week photos

Box Broadband tell me they have made excellent progress in their first week, and have kindly provided the photos of these works below. They will probably remain on private land, out of sight, for another two weeks or so, before … Continue reading

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FTTP Network Construction Begins

As promised, Box Broadband have started construction work on our first pure fibre optic communications network today. The plan is to become a world-class Fibre to the Premises (symmetric Gigabit FTTP) broadband & telephone service covering Ewhurst, Ellens Green, Walliswood and surrounding … Continue reading

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How is this possible? Why here?

Chris Box, Boxcom MD, found my Ewhurst Broadband web site last year when he was looking for opportunities to launch a new service in Surrey and Sussex. He saw that I had already established strong demand in the area. Many meetings … Continue reading

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Why register now?

It is important to let Box Broadband know your level of interest now for several reasons. The roll-out will be demand driven and routes will follow advance orders, to ensure the network is commercially viable and thus sustainable in the … Continue reading

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Box Broadband Announce Start Date

Box Broadband have now confirmed that they intend to start ground works on 24th April. This initial work by Boxcom will be the installation of duct and fibre optic cabling in fields and tracks. Once the long haul routes are complete, the … Continue reading

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Funding Our Community Project

Box Broadband will need additional funding to complete our community FTTP network. Please do contact Chris Box on 0330 113 0180, or through their web site at www.boxbroadband.co.uk, if you can help to facilitate access to any source of funding, … Continue reading

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Boxcom Testimonials

I have received two independent references for Boxcom’s work on past Gigaclear FTTP deployments. These come from key people in the two projects, who are both ex colleagues of a Ewhurst parishioner. Appleton and Eaton Broadband Group: “Boxcom had a … Continue reading

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Box Activity

Boxcom vans and staff are working in the area this week. Today they have delivered flyers to premises on their Phase 1 routes and have taken the opportunity to speak to anyone encountered along the way. Chris Box is meeting … Continue reading

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Box Broadband Project Status

Box Broadband Ltd is now very close to announcing the start of their network build, subject to confirmation of funding. They have been very busy in planning, dealing with local authorities, web site development (more pages coming soon), exploring funding … Continue reading

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Box Broadband Project Funding

Box Broadband is now seeking to fund part of the network build from local community investment. A number of people have already expressed an interest in contributing, and we believe that ownership of a share in the fibre network will … Continue reading

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Links to Recent Questions and Answers

Why have you shown the wrong speed for my postcode? My friend says your article in the last “Ewhurst & Ellens Green News” was well worth a read, but I missed it; where can I get it? Is the SCC … Continue reading

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Status change for Openreach “FTTP on Demand” product

“FTTP on Demand” is now showing as “available” for all Ewhurst cabinets, and I expect for all Cranleigh cabinets which currently support FTTC. This was already the case for Oakwood Hill and many other exchanges. However, I have not heard … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey – Gainshare deployment

Surrey County Council (SCC) have finally announced the areas to be covered by their “Gainshare deployment” (previously “phase 2″) i.e. the further work by BT Openreach, paid for with the refund due under the SCC/BT/BDUK contract, following the high levels … Continue reading

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Box Broadband Ultrafast Proposals

Firstly, a massive THANK YOU to all those who took time out to attend one of the sessions on Tuesday. The Box team surprised me by presenting costs based on a “commercial” funding model, which they had previously thought unrealistic. … Continue reading

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Tuesday Ultrafast Event Times Extended

To help our commuters, Box Broadband have kindly agreed to keep the doors open until at least 8.30 pm, and to re-run their Ultrafast Broadband presentation for late arrivals, if requested. The event at the EYSC (on the central recreation ground, … Continue reading

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Community Broadband Drop-in & Talk on 24th January

The event will be presented by Box Broadband Limited at the EYSC, from 2pm to 8.30pm. This new company has been set up by Chris Box, MD for the well-established rural FTTP installation firm Boxcom Synergy Limited. We are lucky … Continue reading

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Exciting New Opportunity – Open Public Meeting

My long search for a credible alternative provider of pure fibre broadband to the Surrey Hills area has finally delivered. This company has been installing symmetric gigabit FTTP (widely acknowledged as the ideal solution) very successfully for several years. A … Continue reading

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SCC Cabinet Report

This Surrey County Council report, dated 13th December, appears to have been written to get formal approval from Cabinet for the “claw back” funds to be used for further broadband improvements. It provides some insight into where we are in … Continue reading

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BT Community Fibre Application Submitted

Our application for the BT Community Fibre Programme was submitted on 12/12/16 and was acknowledged on 14/12/16. It included 66 registered broadband connection records which I believe to be eligible; 9 records were excluded because “superfast” broadband is already available, … Continue reading

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Community Fibre Registration Progress

I have so far received 66 replies to my invitation to register for the BT Community Fibre Programme. Of these, 61 can be included in our application, and the premises concerned are distributed as follows: Community Fibre Registration Summary by Road … Continue reading

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