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What if I'm not in your current plans?

Fibre broadband may not be available to everyone. Other ways to improve your connection speed are available.

If your area isn't shown in the Superfast Dorset programme yet there are a number of alternatives that can significantly improve your current speed or provide a connection while you wait.

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme:

We are running a scheme for those with less than 2Mbps to apply for a subsidy towards a satellite, 4G or wireless broadband connection.

Am I eligible for a subsidy?

Wireless broadband

Wireless broadband does not come down your phone line, but through the air. This means you could save money by cancelling you existing land line telephone contract if you wish.

Wireless broadband can offer faster speeds and better data packages than satellite broadband. It is not currently available across the whole of Dorset, you will need to check with your chosen supplier if they can offer you a service.

For more details read What is Fixed Wireless Access? (pdf, 311kb) (opens in a new window).

Wireless providers in Dorset:

Satellite broadband

Any property that can see the southern sky can get a satellite broadband connection. This will require a dish on or near your property and can deliver speeds up to approximately 20Mbps. Weather conditions should not affect your service.

The cost for a satellite connection varies depending on your choice, much like a mobile phone contract, but a basic package could cost approximately £25 per month.

Satellite connections are not suitable for time critical activity such as online gaming, but are fine for most internet use. Also, most satellite providers will allow you to swap over to fibre broadband if it becomes available with no cancellation charge.

Satellite providers covering Dorset:

Mobile 4G broadband

Mobile broadband can be accessed with a number of devices, including mobile phones, mobile dongles, MiFi units and data cards. In most cases mobile dongles, which work as portable modems are USB-compatible and plug directly into the laptop, PC or device. This allows you to access the internet wherever the network is available, both in your home and on the go.

Mobile broadband can be provided by the same network your mobile phone works on. See if 3G or 4G covers your property on the Ofcom coverage map (opens in a new window).

The quality and speed of your connection will be affected by your network coverage. Not all parts of Dorset have good existing coverage, contact your chosen mobile network provider to find out more.

4G broadband providers operating in Dorset:

Other fixed line and fibre providers

Other fibre network operators exist within Dorset and these may be able to connect directly to your property. If these providers are not already operating in your area then the initial connection can be expensive, however the speeds achievable will exceed satellite and wireless. 

For any of these alternatives please check directly with the providers listed. This is not an exhaustive list and others may be available. These are the infrastructure providers we are aware of who offer alternative solutions in Dorset:

Other fixed line & fibre providers:

If you are an infrastructure provider and would like to know more about the deployment please register as such with BT Openreach (opens in a new window).

Community Fibre Partnerships

If your community is not in our plans to benefit from fibre broadband, you might want to consider a BT Community Fibre Partnership (opens in a new window).

Government have also written an  Introduction to Community-led Schemes (opens in a new window).

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