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First Berkshire UK Area to Benefit from £8m Broadband Rollout Named

Monday, October 21st, 2013 (2:34 pm) - Score 755

The £2.03m Superfast Berkshire project, which aims to roll-out BT’s hybrid fibre broadband (FTTC/P) network to “around” 91% of local premises by the end of September 2015, has revealed that premises in Wargrave will be the first to benefit by the end of 2014.

At present local homes and businesses in Wargrave only have access to “basic broadband” but all this will begin to change when the latest up to 80Mbps capable FTTC street cabinets arrive on Victoria Road and School Lane during the first roll-out phase next December 2014. This appears to be slightly later than the autumn 2014 prediction presented earlier this month (here).

But as with other BDUK roll-outs BTOpenreach will not be making FTTC available to everybody in the village and other parts will apparently have to wait until September 2015. Sadly some locations, such as Crazies Hill, will not see any benefit under the current plan (though the recent allocation of £250m to the Broadband Delivery UK project might help).

Separately residents of Oakley Green Road and the village of Fifield are continuing to campaign for better broadband due to uncertainty over whether or not those in outlying areas will benefit from the upgrade (here). The Superfast Berkshire site already has a basic coverage map, which shows that a lot of areas appear to be missing off the plan.

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  1. Superfast Berkshire has two key objectives under its BT contract recently signed as part of the BDUK Framework. Firstly, to ensure all premises are able to achieve a basic broadband service (somewhere between 2 and 24 Mbit/s) and secondly, to extend superfast coverage as far across the county as the available funding will stretch. This will see improvements to approx 50% of premises outside the existing commercial roll-outs planned by the private sector.

    The project website provides an initial view of where improvements are expected to be made through extension of the fibre network and enhancements to basic broadband. These coverage maps and the timing of phases represents our best current view based on ‘initial modelling’ but will be validated and confirmed once surveys of ground conditions and infrastructure have been completed.

    Superfast Berkshire will continue to work with communities to further extend broadband improvements across the county once details of additional Government grant funding have been announced.

  2. Avatar TheFacts

    Why is it taking over a year to install 2 cabinets in Wargrave which is between 2 places with fibre now?

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