By: MarkJ - 13 September, 2011 (8:58 AM)
BT UK superfast fibre optic broadband cable rolloutbt openreach logoTelecoms operator BT has today revealed the latest batch of 114 UK telephone exchanges that will soon be able to benefit from its latest superfast 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) and 100Mbps+ Fibre-to-the-Premises ( FTTP ) based internet access technologies.

The new Phase 8 list, taken by itself, would cover more than one million additional homes and businesses. The majority of those listed below will be completed by Autumn 2012 and further upgrade locations are due to be announced over the coming months.

Mike Galvin, BTOpenreach's Managing Director for NGA, said:

"I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available. Our roll out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further.

Fibre broadband will transform peoples’ experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring super-fast broadband to the UK.

We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to ninety per cent of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer our help and expertise. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them."

BT is currently investing £2.5bn in a national deployment of its "fibre optic" based broadband services, which aims to reach 66% of homes and businesses by 2015 (some 40% will be covered next year). Several ISPs are already offering FTTC based broadband services, although BT-Infinity and PlusNet are two of the best value with prices that start from just £16.49 a month.
BT FTTx Telephone Exchange Upgrades (Autumn 2012)
ARCHERS COURT
BALDSLOW
BANNOCKBURN
BASILDON
BECCLES
BELSTEAD
BEXHILL
BOGNOR REGIS
BRIGHTON ROTTINGDEAN
BROADSTAIRS
BRUNDALL
BUNGAY
BURSLEDON
CAISTER ON SEA
CARLISLE
CASTLETON, GWENT
CHERRY HINTON
CLACTON-ON-SEA
COLCHESTER
COSTESSEY
CUFFLEY
DANBURY
DOVER
EAST BAY
EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY
EASTWOOD
EDINBURGH MORNINGSIDE
FELIXSTOWE
FORDINGBRIDGE
FOXHALL
GALASHIELS
GILLINGHAM, KENT
GORLESTON
GREAT BADDOW
GRESFORD
HADLEIGH, SUFFOLK
HAILSHAM
HAMPDEN PARK
HASSOCKS
HATFIELD
HEXHAM
HISTON
HOOTON
HYTHE, HAMPSHIRE
HYTHE, KENT
IPSLEY
IPSWICH
KIDDERMINSTER
KINGS LYNN
LANCING
LEWES
LITTLEHAMPTON
LOOSE
LOWESTOFT
MAIDSTONE
MANNINGTREE
MARINE
MIDDLETON, WEST SUSSEX
MIDHURST
MILDENHALL
MILFORD
MILNSBRIDGE
MOORHILL
NEWHAVEN
NORWICH THORPE
NORWICH WEST
PADDOCK WOOD
PAGHAM
PEEBLES
PERTH
POLEGATE
PURFLEET
RAINHAM, KENT
RAMSGATE
RAWDON
REDDITCH OLD TOWN
RUSTINGTON
RYHOPE
SALISBURY
SAWBRIDGEWORTH
SEAFORD
SELSEY
SHOEBURYNESS
SHOREHAM
SNODLAND
SOUTH OCKENDON
SOUTHPORT
SOUTHWICK (SOUTH DOWNS)
STEYNING
STOKE BISHOP
STORRINGTON
STOWMARKET
STRATHAVEN
SUDBURY, SUFFOLK
SUNDERLAND
SUNDERLAND NORTH
THANET
THETFORD
THORPE BAY
TILBURY
TIPTREE
VANGE
WARE
WASHINGTON
WELWYN GARDEN
WEYMOUTH
WHITSTABLE
WHITTON, SUFFOLK
WIVENHOE
WOODBRIDGE
WORTHING CENTRAL
WORTHING SWANDEAN
WORTHING WEST
WREXHAM NORTH
Meanwhile BT also plans to boost the top download speed of its FTTC service from 40Mbps (10-15Mbps uploads) to 80Mbps (20Mbps uploads) in 2012, with work on the upgrades due to commence before the end of 2011 (original news). Sadly there's no news on the commercial launch of BT's ultrafast 100Mbps+ FTTP product, although we're still expecting it to happen before the start of next year.
Previous BT-FTTC/FTTP UK Exchange Rollout Updates
* March 2009 - 29 (FTTC) Exchanges
* July 2009 - 69 (FTTC) Exchanges
* January 2010 - 63 (FTTC) Exchanges
* March 2010 - 303 (FTTC) Exchanges
* September 2010 - 159 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* January 2011 - 41 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* April 2011 - 156 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* June 2011 - 66 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges

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Comments: 21

asa logoF022Y
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 9:42 AM
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Whoo hoo Sudbury FTW!!!!
asa logoMax
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 12:54 PM
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Yet again, not my exchange (Which serves 20,000 people !) despite having no access to VM Cable and only DSL connections between 1 and 3mb.

I give up now.
asa logohecatae
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 1:54 PM
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and Northampton town gets ignored again...
asa logoMartin
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 2:08 PM
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My Town Scunthorpe is not on the Superfast Fibre Broadband list Yet madsad
asa logoBerks
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 2:14 PM
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Roll out continues till 2015, so still plenty of time. Looks to be alot of exchanges in kent being upgraded, though berkshire has none this time.
asa logoSnail's pace
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 2:52 PM
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I bet half of these exchanges were already upgraded to ADSL2+ which offers upto 20meg speeds. Our exchange which is connected to over 3000 home hasn't even got a date for that "upgrade" never mind fibre. Still Kent and the rest of the South East are getting covered and thats all that matters apparently! By the time we get UPTO 40meg, the rest of the world we be on Gbps for sure!
asa logoGavin
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 2:52 PM
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I never thought Galashiels would get fibre! It's badly needed...
asa logoBerks
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 3:01 PM
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BT's 21CN upgrade is required for FTTC, though thats ment to get to a 90% coverage. With only part of the full list been released.
asa logoBigBadJohn
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 6:02 PM
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" Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them. " Which should also be the case for National Monopolies. Pot and Kettle spring to mind.
asa logoBT
Posted: 13 September, 2011 - 6:15 PM
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Mine isn't on the list :( I give up! BT, you are useless!
asa logofisheefish
Posted: 14 September, 2011 - 10:32 AM
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Finally! Sunderland North getting an upgrade. I live on a brand new estate which Virgin won't cable due to cost (it should have been built with cable from the outset). Despite being less than a mile away from the exchange I get less than 1meg so it's desperately overdue
asa logoSadly Suffolk
Posted: 14 September, 2011 - 4:35 PM
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I will believe this when it arrives. The last but one "upgrade" I never noticed any difference in speed and the most recent change actually made the lines slower. At the moment 900k is the best. I had a new phone line installed some years ago,on BT's advice, and that only achieves 650k. Wide area wireless is not the answer as the high jitter rates and highly erratic download speeds makes some business applications unusable when connected to these, as I found out to my cost. We can but hope.
asa logoSadly Suffolk
Posted: 14 September, 2011 - 5:00 PM
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P.S. to my earlier post. The day after some more rural exchanges are offered the possibility of getting 40Mb lines in 1 years time, Londoners are offered a 1,000 Mbps service for 50 per month. Good to see that business is on a level playing field. I say "possibility" as BT's press release had a neat little disclaimer at the bottom which basically means "Your exchange might get upgraded but your line might not get any improvement".
asa logoWill_3rd
Posted: 14 September, 2011 - 5:07 PM
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Wahay Bexhill, could really do with that 10Mbps upload at work!
asa logoscarboro bald guy
Posted: 14 September, 2011 - 7:55 PM
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man when is Scarborough north Yorkshire ever gonna get upgraded to fibre optic broadband , cable and wireless many years ago were layin down cable , umm wonder if that was for the local council! we need to get into the 21st century bt!!,
plus we all should send a petition to Cameron . to push bt to get there finger out! there putting line rental up again as 1st october , i'm payin bowt the same as infinity , but without the infinity!! rip of uk man!
asa logoTheddlethorpe Moaner
Posted: 19 September, 2011 - 8:17 PM
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Licolnshire will continue to be a 'backwater' as regards fast broadband, yet there are loads of us here who are trying to make a living without polluting the atmosphere and driving to work every day! Has no-one woken up themad the 'planet saving' aspects of super fast broadband yet!?
asa logoSouth Derbyshire
Posted: 21 September, 2011 - 2:02 PM
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Max, thats precisely the reason they wont upgrade you, because there is no competition.
ina similar bracket but we at least have upto 8mb, still nowhere near what i was used to when i lived in Derby
asa logoSimzTyprUK
Posted: 1 October, 2011 - 11:14 AM
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Whilst not the most glamorous of locations in GB, it is one of the most densely populated areas in GB and one of the largest towns by population.

Come on BT, ~45,000 homes and businesses served by the MYHUD exchange. Lucky if my ADSL2 ever sees more than 1.7MB on frequently it drops below 1Mbit.

It's about time this north / south divide balanced out don't you think?

Yours..
Disgruntled BT customer!
asa logotechtoad
Posted: 11 October, 2011 - 10:04 PM
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FORDHAM Exchange (EAFOR) for COLCHESTER, ESSEX, UK.

No Virgin Media service available.
No ADSL2/2+ available.

ONLY DSL MAX.

Actual Speeds (Median Average):
Download: 0.7Mbps (89.6KB/s)
Upload: 0.2Mbps (25.6KB/s)

Over-head phone line attenuation 11dB/4.3KM line length.
Promised Speed: "Up to 8Mbps"
BT Defined "Best Available" 512Kbps Share ration 50:1

Provider: F2S/Pipex/Tiscali/TalkTalk via BT Line

Exchange active since 2004, last upgrade (from DSL to DSL MAX) in 2006. No plans published for future upgrades.

Lowest price service available in this area 11.99/month
Currently Paying: 15.99/month

BT REFUSE to do anything because this is "the best" service available. Why is it that other areas in Colchester WHICH ALREADY HAVE 20Mbps VIRGIN MEDIA FIBRE are being upgraded, but our exchange where we have no choice and are stuck on a service which BT define as "not capable of 2Mbps"!?
asa logopotpie79
Posted: 12 February, 2012 - 3:00 PM
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Good Call! I wrote to MP about this but he replied saying it was even worse in some places: by same stupid argument local crime rate is ok because it's worse in Mexico! Talk Talk reckon we'll get fibre in June but not sure where they've got that from... I remember town being torn up for cables a few years ago but nothing cme of it.
asa logoDan
Posted: 4 March, 2012 - 10:53 AM
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it is stupid how us who have got barely nothing 8meg downwards havent had a date and nothings coming to us but if your in 20meg+ area oh have some more we'll update yours and leave the poor buggers with nothing as they are i agree by the time all us lot who aint got nothing get upgraded to 20meg everyone else will be on Gbps thats about right



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