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Devon and Somerset UK Detail Next 31 Areas for Superfast Broadband

Monday, December 9th, 2013 (12:02 am) - Score 2,277

The £94 million Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project in England has announced the next 31 local communities that can expected to receive an upgrade to support BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) service by March 2014.

The project, which with the above development will extend the number of homes and businesses that are able to benefit from the local Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) supported programme to 44,000, ultimately aims to make superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services available to “around” 90% of local premises by the end of 2016 (here).

The 31 Communities (Completion by the end of March 2014)

Bishop’s Hull, Bridford, Chilton Trinity, Christow, Combe Florey, Comeytrowe, Corfe, Cotford St. Luke, Crediton, Dunchideock, Exminster, Hatherleigh, Hemyock, Newton St. Cyres, North Tawton, Nynehead, Okehampton, Okehampton Hamlets, Petrockstow, Ruishton, Sampford Arundel, Sandford, Shillingford St. George, Shobrooke, South Tawton, Stoke St. Gregory, Thurloxton, Trull, Wembdon, West Buckland and West Monkton.

Laurent Boon, BT’s Programme Manager for CDS, said:

The arrival of fibre broadband is one of the most important investments in Devon and Somerset in recent times. High-speed fibre broadband is transforming the way we live and work. For businesses, it can help deliver a competitive edge, which will help them attract new customers and find new, more efficient ways of working. For households, it’s ideal for quick and efficient on-line shopping, entertainment, education, research and social networking.”

An updated coverage map is available on the projects website but as usual it’s extremely sparse on detail.

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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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11 Responses
  1. Avatar Mike

    Kennford is missing off that list.

  2. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Notice all the areas In Somerset are villages around Taunton AGAIN. The only place on the west side of Bridgwater is Wembdon and I would say that is part of Bridgwater now.

    • You can usually expect them to map outwards in a spiders web from areas of existing connectivity as that tends to make the most sense (building from the inside out).

    • Avatar Somerset1

      Well yes, but then I’m in Wellington on the Wellington exchange, which is already “enabled”, on a housing estate which is part of the Core Strategy for housing in Somerset, and yet it was deemed “not commercially viable” when the assessments were made. Apparently BT can’t now include it in their commercial programme, and BDUK didn’t include it because they thought it would be part of BT’s commercial rollout. So there is still no indication of when or even if we will ever get fibre.

  3. Avatar Slow Somerset

    I understand that Mark but everything seems to be coming out of Taunton. Also can not find any news of this story on the Connecting Devon & Somerset site and when you look at the Interactive map it says that for example that West Monkton will be available from December so I would have thought that they better get a move on. Then again on another story on their site they say they are 3 Months ahead of schedule so what is true, If they are that much ahead maybe my exchange In Cannington might get done before the June date that the Map shows LOL.

    • Avatar ShireN

      Parts of Monkton Healthfield are activated now and accepting orders. There’s some like cabinet 1 (mine) which have had dates 3 times put dates down on roadworks.org and been removed after couple days when work was meant to start. Which is irritating now it falls to spring 2014 due to “unforeseen factors”.

  4. Avatar Somerset

    Installation activity in Woolavington, Edington, Catcott and Burtle.

  5. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Installation activity in Woolavington, Edington, Catcott and Burtle. Well I suppose there would be on that side as that is where the Money Is, Can tell you there is no Installation Activity In the Villages to the west of Bridgwater.

  6. “The arrival of fibre broadband is one of the most important investments in Devon and Somerset in recent times”. Except it’s not ‘true’ fibre though is it, Laurent.

    Oh, but that’s ok, we’ll just keep calling it ‘fibre broadband’ because Joe Public won’t realise till they’re connected up and contracted in – then it’ll be too late and they’ll be stuck with it well after it becomes obsolete.


    • Avatar Somerset

      ‘then it’ll be too late’ Too late for what? Many homes and businesses enjoying faster speeds.

    • Avatar MikeW

      True, true. What has been commonly called fibre broadband is indeed a hybrid -and we all have Virgin and ASA to thanks for that. But once Virgin let that cat out of the bag, everyone else has to follow the same path.

      On the other hand, we could act as stick-in-the-muds, and refuse the superfast hybrid solutions. Stick our fingers in our ears, go LA-LA-LA, keep ADSL superslow, and wait another 2decades until true ultrafast or hyperfast solutions become available as mass market products.

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