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70k Devon and Somerset UK Premises to See Fibre Broadband by Summer 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014 (12:01 am) - Score 1,410

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) project in England, which is investing £94 million to help make BT’s superfast broadband FTTC/P (25Mbps+) services available to “around” 90% of local premises by the end of 2016 (here), has today pushed aside the floods and announced another new batch of local upgrades.

At present the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) supported scheme is already working to make the “fibre broadband” network available to an additional 44,000 local homes and businesses by March 2014 (16,000 properties in 38 communities have already been passed).

The latest areas should push this up to 70,000 by “earlySummer 2014 (i.e. the new areas below represent around 26,000 homes and businesses), although it’s worth noting that the significant flooding has caused some changes.

New Coverage Areas (Devon)

New Coverage Areas (Somerset)
North Petherton

Some of the above telephone exchange areas are located in urban areas, although BT claims that they can also “reach deeply into rural areas and cover many small villages“. On top of that BTOpenreach will work to extend existing FTTC/P coverage in Ilminster and Newton Abbot.

Unsurprisingly many of the new areas will be in Devon, which is intentional to help work around the floods in Somerset.

David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, said:

We are delighted with the progress that has been made so far but clearly the severe flooding in Somerset is posing challenges for the engineering teams who are rolling out the new network. Connecting Devon and Somerset is working very effectively to deal with these and ensure the roll-out continues at a fast pace. For example, where the flooding is particularly serious we will switch some work to less severely affected areas until the waters subside.”

Laurent Boon, BT’s CDS Programme Manager, added:

Despite the difficult weather, the partnership has achieved strong progress and is already bringing great benefits to rural communities. On the first anniversary since the partnership’s contract signing, we have made fibre broadband available to more than 16,000 premises and put in place clear plans to reach 70,000 by early Summer. This is a major boost for our households and businesses in rural areas.”

Like all such projects the CDS scheme has also confirmed that they’re “actively seeking more funding to further extend the availability of superfast broadband across the whole area“, which is likely to come from the BDUK’s additional allocation of £250m by the UK Government (the council may have to match this). Details on this are due to surface shortly.

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9 Responses
  1. BDUK funding assists 38% of Devon & Somerset fibre roll-out. 62% is commercial roll-out and it in those areas where cabinets are left out as not being commercially viable.Premises served by those cabinets will not get access to superfast.

    At the end of 3 years from now – some 100,000 premises will have received nothing, zero. They don’t need to be flooded areas – they will not difficult to reach – they will be easy to leave out.

  2. Avatar Slow Somerset says:

    No real new news then. Looking at the Somerset County Council site for road works they have had plans for putting In New Cabinets In North Petherton & Spaxton for a while.

    Also on the same site there are plans for new cabinets In Combwich, Nether Stowey, and Shurton Etc but why no Cannington it is the nearest and largest Village on the west side of Bridgwater not so long ago someone on here when I questioned this said they would work out from Bridgwater.

  3. Avatar Slow Somerset says:

    Also the Exchange that serves Combwich that is that 1.5 miles away is In Cannington someone please explain but no mention of putting In new Cabinets at all.

  4. Avatar Somerset says:

    2 cabinets going into Cannington next month.

    1. Avatar gerarda says:

      If the new cabinets are still 1.5 miles away Combwich will not get a service. They are in the same position we are

    2. Avatar Somerset says:

      Combwich has its own fibre cabinet.

  5. Avatar fastman says:

    gerada which exchange location are you in – are you in a bduk exchange and a long distance from the cab – have yur consider a private funded solution for your community — see openreach FAQ’s a couple who are in that situaion already working with openreach directly to bring new infrastrcuture in their community

  6. Avatar Slow Somerset says:

    As far as I know the exchange that serves Combwich is In Cannington and if you look at the look at the Somerset County Council web site for road works it says that a new NGA Cabinet is being Installed In Combwich in the next few weeks but no mention of any new Cabinets In Cannington.

  7. Avatar Slow Somerset says:

    Looking closer at the Somerset road works site I might be wrong if you go by the post code it is the Cabinet nearest me that is being done this week but it is a bit confusing as the address is Combwich ?.

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