Ofcom Releases 2018 Infrastructure Report

The telecommunications regulatory authority, Ofcom (Office for Communications), has released its annual report on the United Kingdom’s infrastructure for internet access - including fibre optics, 4G broadband and satellite broadband. It sheds light on some interesting facts for customers and providers alike.

“People now rely on being connected through calls and online services more than ever, whether at home or on the move. So, it’s important that they have access to reliable, good quality broadband and mobile connections, to help them keep in touch with friends and family, shop and pay bills online, or stream the latest must-see TV series.” - Ofcom, Connected Nations 2018

In general, Ofcom’s report paints a picture of steady improvement - this does not come as a surprise given that both fixed line ‘superfast broadband’ and 4G mobile network have reached a firm level of network maturity.

The report states that, over the past year, there have been some excellent improvements such as;

  • As many as 94% of homes and businesses enjoy coverage from superfast broadband services. This is a 3% increase from 91% last year. For the purpose of this report, superfast broadband is defined as a download speed of at least 30Mbps. This point applies to certain satellite broadband services from Bentley Walker, such as Tooway and Avanti.

  • Approximately 1.8 million homes and businesses (6%) now have access to full-fibre connections (in comparison to 840,000 in 2017) - which can offer up to 1Gbps of bandwidth.

  • 91% of the UK’s landmass has access to good 4G mobile coverage from at least one operator, while 66% has coverage from all four mobile network operators. Within this, individual operator coverage varies, with Freedomsat 4G offering coverage of 79% for home internet and business broadband.

However, there are still large portions of the United Kingdom that are poorly served and could be improved;

  • Roughly 2% (England) / 3% (Wales) / 4% (Scotland) / 5% (Northern Ireland) of premises cannot access a decent fixed broadband service capable of a download speed of at least 10 Mbps and upload speed of at least 1 Mbps. Although, this has improved from 4% last year. Fortunately for these properties, satellite internet is a viable and cost-effective option to be considered.

  • Despite 94% of UK homes and businesses being in areas where superfast, or better, broadband is available, only 45% of homes are subscribing to these services. Similarly, although 98% of premises have access to a decent broadband service, only 65% of premises have an active broadband service that delivers a download speed higher than 10 Mbps. If you believe that you could be getting a better service where you are, be sure to get in contact with us on 02392 311 103 to discuss what options might be available to you.

  • On the flipside of 91% of the UK’s landmass receiving good 4G coverage, there still remains 9% that has no good coverage from any operator. It should be noted that this has improved from 21% a year ago, but rural areas are still badly affected and 23% of homes and businesses do not have good indoor 4G coverage from all operators. This highlights the importance of rural internet providers.

  • Ofcom also estimates that there are 39,000 homes and businesses that cannot access a decent fixed broadband service or get good 4G coverage. This is really where broadband via satellite from Freedomsat, operated by Bentley Walker, comes into its element. If this might be you, be sure to check out our services on our website to browse the Tooway prices and Avanti packages.

It is also apparent that the digital divide is still prominent. The average download speed in urban areas is 51Mbps and 82% of premises have complete 4G coverage versus rural areas which is only 32Mbps and 41% respectively.

However, Ofcom has also announced that they will be auctioning off two spectrums to improve the 4G coverage nationwide - these will be the 700MHz band and the 3.6 GHz - 3.8 GHz band.

This is becoming more and more relevant due to the increased data usage already seen as well as projected. The average monthly data volumes per household on fixed broadband connections have increased over the past year, increasing from 190GB to 240GB. Meanwhile, a report last month from Ericsson forecasts the amount of monthly mobile data (3G, 4G and 5G) traffic consumed by a smartphone user will rise from 5.6GB to 21GB by 2024. This is put largely down to an increased usage of video traffic (Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc.), which currently accounts for 60% of data consumption and will increase to 74%, as well as social media (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc.) which is expected to rise by 24% annually over the next 6 years.

New 4G service for home and business

Here at Freedomsat, we are committed to achieving our goal of universal access to superfast broadband across the United Kingdom – irrespective of how remote your home or business is.

That is why we are always analysing the telecommunications market and keeping track of emerging trends and products to make sure our customers have the latest and best made available to them.

Therefore, we are excited to announce that Freedomsat UK are now able to offer superfast and reliable 4G internet connectivity for homes and businesses around the country.

You are probably familiar with 4G and generally quite impressed by the internet you can get on your mobile. In recent years, 4G has become faster and more widely available than ever - in fact sometimes you can get a faster connection through your phone than through your home broadband! So, why not say adieu to your old connection and welcome the freedom that is given by using 4G as your main connection?

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Here are just a few of the highlights of the Freedomsat 4G service:

  • Real-time usage data
    Unlike with our competitors, there is no risk of being charged extra for going over your allowance.

  • Super-fast 4G internet connectivity
    Fast and reliable access to the internet in any location with a good 4G signal.

  • Plug and play
    Easy set-up with no installation necessary. If you are in a low 4G signal area, there is the option for a mast to be professionally installed.

  • Portable
    By only requiring 12V of electricity, it can be powered by a car, laptop, portable battery pack or mains.

  • One-touch Wi-Fi sharing
    Easily connect multiple devices to the Freedomsat 4G router.

  • Tailor your packages to meet the exact requirements of your needs
    Choice of cost-effective data packages from 2GB to 200GB per month with 2GB to 100GB monthly bolt-ons on Vodafone.

  • Static IPs available
    Ability to connect devices to the internet for real-time monitoring and network access.

  • UK based support team
    Access to a direct line for the support/accounts/sales teams rather than waiting in a queue for advice. Gone are the days of waiting an eternity to speak to a different agent every time you call – welcome to the simpler and more personal approach.

You can see our full range of services plans by visiting https://www.freedomsat.co.uk/mobile-packages. Our friendly experts in the Sales Department are always happy to answer any questions you may have – so give them a call on 02392 311 103 or drop them an email on sales@bentleywalker.com!

Superfast Cornwall Programme

The superfast Cornwall Programme has been a tremendous success so far and to carry this through 2018 there has been a restructure for the plans, they now start at 25GB of data with the headline rate of 40Mbps for under £30 per month. The subsidy still covers the installation costs and the superfast modem, leaving only the monthly subscription.

Cornwall has embraced the Superfast Cornwall Programme with 85% of premises able to access fibre broadband which is some of the best connectivity in the UK. Unfortunately there are still business communities that have not yet been reached by fibre and are struggling with slow, unreliable broadband. Part of the Superfast Cornwall Programme covers Satellite Broadband so these business communities can also be serviced to improve their opportunities and future proof their businesses.

Come and see us at the Cornwall Business Show 2018

The Cornwall Business Show is the largest, most inclusive B2B exhibition in Cornwall, bringing together a wide spectrum of industries and sectors, from small, start-up businesses to large, established companies.

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The heart of cornwall the Royal Cornwall Events Centre will be hosting the Cornwall Business Show for 2018 and Freedomsat are taking place in the heart of Cornwall at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre, the next show will be bigger than ever, bringing together Cornwall’s most dynamic and ambitious businesses, all under one roof.

The event builds on five years of successful Cornwall Business Shows and this year will host over 125 exhibitors. Providing a convenient one-stop-shop for individuals and companies to make new contacts, meet suppliers and grow their business.

BDUK Scheme Continued For 2018

Better broadband scheme has been extended in to 2018

written by Chris Chadwick


With the success of 2017 the scheme has been extended allowing areas of substandard broadband of less than 2 Mbps to still apply for their £350 broadband subsidy, if you’re a home user or even a business without access to basic broadband you can get connected through the scheme.

The grant still covers the cost of all the required equipment and the standard installation.

Applying for a subsidy is simple, follow the steps below to see if you qualify:

  • Use the Postcode checker to check if you qualify for the subsidy
  • Visit your local authority site to apply for the voucher eligibility code
  • Once you have received your code. Visit our packages page, choose a service and buy online entering your eligibility code when prompted

Come and see us at the Farm Business Innovation show 2017

The Trade Event to Support Innovation and Diversification for Farmers, Landowners, Country House and Estate Owners

written by Chris Chadwick


Voted ‘Trade Show of the Year’ by the EN Awards in 2016, the show is returning to NEC in Birmingham on the 8th & 9th November 2017. This event provides rural entrepreneurs with everything needed to diversify, innovate and succeed through 200 seminars, 500 hand-picked exhibitors, industry-leading experts and unrivalled networking and business opportunities.

Diversification in the agricultural, farming and land management communities is the act of building on traditional farming practices and delving into new and innovative endeavours by adding additional revenue streams such as storage facilities, renewable energy, organic food production, rural tourism or niche livestock. However, the venture into rural diversification requires so much more than just a good idea, and to thrive you need to have clear plans, goals, and confidence in your choices. The Farm Business Innovation Show provides the perfect opportunity not only to find the information but the tools and services to help you every step of the way.

We will be promoting our Satellite Internet options as well as business opportunities to increase your revenue using Satellite Internet as the key driver.

Government Committed to Provide Broadband across Every Household in the UK

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has introduced the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme in partnership with local broadband programmes, to fulfil the commitment of providing every UK home and business with access to a basic broadband service.

written by Chris Chadwick


What Is the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme?

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme is a way for the UK to get better connected.  It will ensure that every UK household and business can access an affordable connection, no matter where they are located.

A subsidised broadband installation is now available for those who are unable to access an affordable broadband service.

Who Is Eligible?

The scheme is open to any household or business who is unable to access an affordable basic broadband service.  

If the speed checker identifies that your current broadband speed is already faster than 2Mb per second, you will not be eligible for the subsidy.

If there are no existing plans to deliver a superfast broadband service to your home or business in the next 6–12 months  , you will be eligible for the scheme.

How Can I Check Broadband Services and Speed?

You can track broadband services available to you using the government’s Go Superfast checker. Your current broadband speed can also be tracked using the ADSL availability checker.

What Will Eligible Candidates Receive?

Eligible candidates will receive help with broadband installation costs as well as any equipment needed to access a better broadband service at an affordable price.

The scheme, however, does not cover the cost of monthly subscriptions: that fee will vary depending on connection speed chosen and data amount selected.

What Broadband is Available with the Scheme?

The type of broadband available with the scheme will depend on factors including which type of connection is selected: either a satellite service or wireless.

Satellite broadband offers a host of benefits including:

  • high-speed satellite internet speeds of up to 30Mbps
  • guaranteed service levels of 99.5% uptime
  • easy monitoring
  • a discreet but robust satellite dish and modem.

Once your supplier has been chosen, you will be required to sign a contract for a minimum period of 12 months.

Find Out More  

Freedomsat want to shout about this extraordinary opportunity to get connected, no matter where you are situated.

If you are looking for more information on satellite broadband and what’s involved before making your choice in combination with the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, our FAQs page will be able to help you make an informed choice.

For more information on the scheme, visit Freedomsat’s Articles now.

EchoStar Mobile Selects Bentley Walker as First European-Wide Distributor of New Mobile Satellite Services Network

EchoStar Mobile, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), has selected Bentley Walker as the first European-wide distributor for its new satellite-based network that will provide reliable, IP-based Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) for voice and data.

written by Chris Chadwick


EchoStar Mobile, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), has selected Bentley Walker as the first European-wide distributor for its new satellite-based network that will provide reliable, IP-based Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) for voice and data.

Bentley Walker will distribute equipment and provide service via the new EchoStar XXI satellite which is scheduled to be launched later this month. The S-band satellite will provide coverage throughout Europe, including all 28 members of the European Union.

EchoStar subsidiary Hughes Network Systems (Hughes) has designed and manufactured a portable data terminal (PDT) which will serve as an MSS hotspot supporting advanced IP services, and providing 3G/4G-compatible voice and data services.

Anders Johnson, executive director of EchoStar Mobile and president of EchoStar Satellite Services, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Bentley Walker on this key project. Working with an experienced partner gives us immediate access to the growing MSS market, and Bentley Walker has all the capabilities to market and distribute the new EchoStar Mobile PDT and service platform across Europe. Bentley Walker has been a partner with our Hughes subsidiary for more than a decade now and we are very excited about the next stage of this relationship.”

One of the key features of the PDT, which will be able to provide connectivity across Europe, is its ability to offer separate and diverse connectivity in remote locations or where back up is needed in an environment where terrestrial or cellular networks may have failed.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker, said: “We are very excited about this service. There is a demand by organisations that require a completely separate and diverse pan-European communications network infrastructure. EchoStar Mobile can provide connectivity for critical applications and in case of failure, core infrastructure communications for users who require quick and simple connectivity wherever they are”.

About EchoStar Mobile Limited

EchoStar Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., is a mobile operator providing connectivity across Europe. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, EchoStar Mobile Limited provides access to a hybrid satellite and terrestrial network enabling enhanced mobile voice and data communications for businesses, government agencies and consumers.

Superfast 30Mbps Satellite Broadband coming soon

Homes and businesses will soon benefit from Superfast up to 30Mbps services. Available throughout the UK!

written by Chris Chadwick


We are pleased to announce that a range of Superfast up to 30Mbps Satellite Broadband services will be released across the whole of the UK in the coming weeks.

Freedomsat will be delivering consumer and professional services from Avanti with a range of exclusive service plans to meet the growing appetite for data. In addition we will be launching a range of professional business service plans with Tooway.

To pre register your interest in subscribing or upgrading your existing plan please use the form below.

Avanti Communications has terminated the contract of Service Provider, QSAT

Better Broadband Scheme customers can now order online!

Customers that have received a Better Broadband Scheme eligibility code can now order online today!


We have now updated our shopping cart to make it simple for customers with a BDUK Better Broadband eligibility code. This means you can now order the service online.

Customers with a valid code can now buy their chosen Tooway or Avanti service, select the Better Broadband Scheme hardware and installation options and then enter a valid eligibility code when prompted.

Visit the Better Broadband Scheme page for more details

Visit us at the Farm Business Innovation show 2016

Visit Bentley Walker & Freedomsat at the Farm Business Innovation show 2016. 9th-10th November, NEC Birmingham.

written by Chris Chadwick


Bentley Walker will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation show, located at the NEC Birmingham. The exhibition is taking place between the 9th and 10th of November 2016. Come and visit us at stand 381 or if you would like to book a meeting please get in touch,

Meet the Freedomsat team at Gitex 2016

Visit Freedomsat & Bentley Walker at Gitex 2016 - World Trade Center Dubai, UAE between the 16th - 20th October 2016.

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Visit Freedomsat & Bentley Walker at Gitex 2016 - World Trade Center Dubai, UAE between the 16th - 20th October 2016.

Bentley Walker will be attending Gitex Technology Week located at the World Trade Center in Dubai, UAE. The exhibition is taking place between the 16th - 20th October 2016 and we will be holding meetings throughout the duration of the event at meeting room Z-K34

Better Broadband Scheme relaunched

Government subsidised Satellite Broadband voucher scheme from Freedomsat.

written by Chris Chadwick


Government subsidised Satellite Broadband voucher scheme from Freedomsat

Bentley Walker are pleased to announce our continued support as a registered supplier of the Better Broadband Scheme.

Launched by the UK government, the revised and updated scheme will help homes and businesses in the UK have access to fast, affordable broadband service.f the UK so all participants in the scheme will be able to receive a satellite service.

The Better Broadband scheme is operated by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, BDUK is commited to delivering superfast broadband and better mobile connectivity to the nation. 

Satellite Broadband remains a great alternative to fixed line services and area with patchy mobile coverage. Our services cover the whole of the UK so all participants in the scheme will be able to receive a satellite service.

New Freedomsat UK & Europe website

The new Freedomsat UK & Europe website is here! Tell us what you think.

written by Chris Chadwick


We are very pleased to announce that your new Freedomsat UK website has arrived and is ready for feedback. We are constantly striving to provide our valued customers and potential new customers with the best service possible.

The site has been designed to showcase the best available services from our technology partners, Tooway and Avanti. We aim to provide you with the best satellite broadband choices for your location.