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Hampshire UK Reveals BDUK Superfast Broadband Rollout Map

Posted Friday, September 27th, 2013 (7:00 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 705)
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The Hampshire County Council (HCC) has today become the latest local authority to publish a roll-out map for phase one of its state aid supported £13.8m project to make BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) network available to “at least” 90% of premises by the end of 2015.

Overall the scheme aims to help around 57,000 homes and businesses in the county get access to the superfast service and the phase one map represents roughly 6,000 of the total. The first premises should be able to sign-up for superfast services in January 2014 and phase one will be completed by the end of March 2014.

A map more detailed map showing the programme’s overall coverage of Hampshire will be published “within the next few weeks” (i.e. end of October 2013) and additional maps of the areas that will benefit during the next 7 phases of the scheme should follow in due course.

Councillor Roy Perry has also recently expressed a desire (here) to find extra money from recent savings that could potentially be used to push the coverage figure up to 98% (that’s well above the government’s own 95% target for 2017). Thanks to one of our readers, Peter, for spotting this.

Hampshire Phase One Rollout Map (PDF)
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/broadband-phase1-map.pdf

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6 Responses
  1. DTMark

    What percentage of people in the green shaded areas stand to get superfast broadband, and where? The map doesn’t tell us that.

    Hampshire is 80% rural by geography but only 20% by population. But then most of the towns already have superfast broadband from Virgin Media anyway so the focus can be on rurals, like in that map, and possibly infills in the non VM areas of the towns.

    Most odd – following the campaign to get people to register their interest, if you look at the bottom right hand corner of that map at the green blob near “The Golden Pot” and cross-reference that against the “registrations of demand”, you find that demand was… 1. Just one person expressed their interest.

    If memory serves, most of that green blob is in fact empty fields with a tiny business park of about a dozen units, and a hotel, who currently have no access to fixed-line broadband at all but who are very close to a Three 3G DC-HSPA cell and so could well be seeing 25Meg+ downstream right now already.

    If wireless is ruled out, and BT is the only supplier, I fail to see how the money will ever stretch to 98% of premises at superfast speeds, but we’d need to see the mix of VDSL and FTTP to evaluate that. Perhaps Hampshire have negotiated a very good deal on the latter?

    • As a general rule with BT/BDUK maps, the ‘in-plan’ areas are postcode bounded areas based nominally on where upgraded cabinets have properties connected, as I understand it.

      So yes, coverage of VDSL2 to provide actual “superfast” may be only 50% or less of the areas by geographic area, but may be higher in terms of population density. BT/councils are not releasing maps where they’ve projected VDSL2 coverage out from cabinets for given service thresholds.

    • DTMark

      Pretty easy to uncover, though. Half an hour to write a script to fetch telephone numbers with a particular STD code and addresses from the web and fire them through the BT Wholesale checker, building a list of addresses and cabinet numbers, then data sort that by cabinet number and you’re 90% of the way there. Ten minutes on Google Earth will then fill in the missing part of the picture.

    • We should not have to scrabble about uncovering matters, writing script etc. Local Authorities are taking large chunks out of public funding for administration. Have a look at the Connecting Devon & Somerset Final Coverage Map – it is a childish disgrace, http://goo.gl/D36Q6m

  2. Alec Robertson

    This map is just an estimate, it’s not the final one and I suspect that the ‘blob’ is actually in the wrong place/too small. I suspect the ex-Treloars (where I think that blob is supposed to be/how big it should be) site will be the first on the list of places to be upgraded, as when the new hotel opens next year, it will have to have decent broadband. Now, I suspect that site is connected/will be connected to the Hen and Chicken cabinet, which means that all properties connected to that cabinet will have fibre available to them.

    Then, it would be logical to have the cabinet at the other end of the village (near the Anchor) upgraded too. That would leave the whole village (I think) with the option of fibre. Even the furthest properties away from the cabinets should be able to get at least 20Mb down.

    • The UK Government are to ensure fixed superfast broadband reaches 95% of the population by 2017. With a minimum speed target of 2 Mbps, it is not going to be much of a network that is needed. A bit of fibre here and there – job done.

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