Updated: December 2019
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 use the South Cerney phone exchange (01285)
- The west side of the village uses the Minety phone exchange (01666)
Typically, people living close to these exchanges can expect to receive the fastest internet speeds, but as Leigh is at the end of the line villagers typically receive much slower download speeds - around 2 Mbps.
To put this into context, the worldwide average speed of all nations is around 52 Mbps - the UK average speed is 55 Mbps.
You can test your broadband speed here:
Available now: Fibre enabled
Some homes on the edge of Leigh are now fibre enabled. You can check availability for your home here:
Availability depends on which phone exchange you are connected to, and how far away your nearest cabinet is.
Available now: Community internet network
For those residents with 01285 and 01666 phone codes, Voneus (previously Cotswold Wireless) has been successfully operating in the area since 2014, and can offer access to wireless internet speeds of approx 15 Mbps.
You can order from them directly; call 0800 0073377. The Leigh uses the Little Somerford and Charlton mast, situated at the top of Charlton water tower.
Voneus is the only company that offers a wireless service in Leigh. All other companies provide broadband via telephone lines. Voneus has its own wireless network which covers large parts of the Cotswold Water Park, North Wiltshire and Swindon.
Available January 2020: Gigaclear
A government funded scheme bringing full fibre broadband to homes in rural parts of Wiltshire has recently arrived in the Leigh.
Gigaclear has drawn up plans to connect 37 areas (or lots) in North Wiltshire with ultrafast fibre cables. The new cables are laid underground, and will have connection points at every property. Work on Lot 20 (Leigh South West) began at the end of 2018, and will shortly be connecting it's first Leigh customers to ultra-fast speeds.
The catchment area includes homes from the Leigh Crossroads to Braydon, Swan Lane and Hillside. Later phases are planned to connect other dwellings on the main roads to Minety and Braydon.