Hadlow Down first to go super fast

Celebrations as Hadlow Down is the first village in East Sussex to get a superfast broadband cabinet.
Celebrations as Hadlow Down is the first village in East Sussex to get a superfast broadband cabinet.

Hadlow Down became the first village in East Sussex to benefit from a super fast broadband project last week.

The village’s first fibre broadband cabinet, providing more than 220 homes and businesses with access to the high-speed technology, has now ‘gone live’.

Speeds of more than 30Mbps are possible for the majority of customers.

Customers served by that cabinet were able to place orders for high speed fibre broadband this week and another two cabinets in Hadlow Down will follow soon.

Residents, businesses and children from St Mark’s CE Primary School gathered after the cabinet went live on Thursday last week.

Festivities kicked off with a parade organised by the school and there were balloons, face painting and a cake made by a local business.

The fibre cabinet cake was cut by Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Economy and representatives of Hadlow Down and Mayfield parish councils.

Chris Stevenson, who runs his own business - Kent & Sussex IT Services - from his home near Mayfield welcomed the arrival of faster broadband.

“Because of the nature of the business I run, superfast broadband will be a massive boost in so many ways,.

“Currently for any data-heavy tasks I have to travel out of county to use a more reliable connection, as with my current connection, that would probably take all week to upload,” he said

“Superfast broadband will allow me to offer new online and cloud services to my customers, something which is impractical with limited bandwidth.

“It will also certainly stop any arguments at home over who is using up the internet connection, as we should all be able to download, stream or play whatever we want all at the same time!”

Another business raring to go with faster broadband is Sound Architect Creative Media, a Sussex-based charity that provides educational and recreational opportunities.

Director Rachel Lewis said: “Digital media is the core function of our charity and without reliable connectivity and speeds it can be very challenging, if not impossible, to do a simple task such as loading up high resolution pictures.

“As film makers, we need to send and receive rushes and final films from all over the country and a 40mbps connection could see the film downloaded in little over 20 minutes - better than the current nine hours for an HD movie.”