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Village Broadband

The Leigh village is geographically hampered when it comes to fast broadband, as the village sits at the end of three different telephone exchanges:

- The east side of the village uses the Cricklade phone exchange (01793)

- Waterhay, Swan Lane and Hillside uses the South Cerney phone exchange (01285)

- The west side of the village uses the Minety phone exchange (01666)

These exchanges are capable of 8Meg speeds for those close by, but as Leigh is at the end-of-the-line in all three cases, residents typically receive download speeds of 0.3 to 1.0Mbps. To put this into context, the worldwide average speed of all nations is around 5.5Mbps - the UK average speed is 19 Mbps.

Latest Updates - Gigaclear

A company which installs Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps is considering connecting Leigh residents to their platform!

Gigaclear and Wiltshire Online are working on a roll-out schedule to expand our nearest super-fast point in Chelworth to cover houses in Leigh. Again, there is a link available where you can read up more on the company and register your interest. They have shortened their roll-out estimation time for Leigh residents from the end of 2020 to the end of this year.

This service may not be fully available to all villagers.

Latest Updates - Cotswold Wireless: Community Wi-Fi

For those residents with 01285 and 01666 phone codes, Cotswold Wireless has been successfully operating in the area since 2014, and can offer access to wireless Internet speeds of approx 15 Mbps for all Hillside residents, and some Swan Lane and Waterhay homes.

You can order from them directly; call 0844 8040 484.

This service is unique - all other companies provide broadband via telephone lines. Cotswold Wireless has built it’s own wireless network which covers large parts of the Cotswold Water Park, North Wiltshire and Swindon.

If you cancel your existing broadband supplier to move to Cotswold Wireless, remember to keep your landline service (unless you opt for their business tariff).

(Map: Google MyMaps. Transposition (added by Cotswold Wireless) is indicative only)

Latest Updates - Open Reach (BT): Phone Lines

Great news for those of you living along the Malmesbury / Cricklade road… Fibre optic Internet services have arrived!

Residents with an 01793 number (east Leigh) should now be able to sign up for a fibre service from their regular broadband supplier. We are aware the green box close to Chelworth crossroads is live, and homes within 2km of the crossroads should be eligible to sign up.

Internet speeds will drop the further away from the junction you are, but typically you could receive broadband speeds of around 10 Mbps.

This image indicates where we understand high-speed Internet is currently available. If you live in the east of the village, Chelworth or Cricklade, and have an 01793 phone code, search online for fibre Internet providers.

For 01666 residents, we believe the green boxes in Minety have been upgraded to fibre, but the connection doesn’t stretch as far as the Leigh. We don’t have any information on when fibre optics are going to be extended in our direction.

As for 01285 residents, there’s no news on when / if the Ashton Keynes connection is going to be upgraded any time soon.

(Map: Google Earth. Transposition (added by Leigh-Village.co.uk is indicative only)

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