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Lancashire UK Expand BDUK and BT Fibre Broadband to 10 More Communities

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 (7:40 am) - Score 1,126

The £62.5m Superfast Lancashire project in England has revealed the names of a further 10 communities that will gain access to BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) network by the end of March 2014. On top of that some 52% of the county can now access the service (total of 350,000 premises passed).

The latest phase, which will also continue to help expand access (infill work) to another 1,200 premises in Bacup and a further 10,000 in Blackpool, expects to help pass a further 21,500 homes and businesses.

Once complete this latest pre-spring phase should take the total number of premises able to access FTTC/P to more than 39,000 (i.e. as a result of the project so far).

The Next 10 Lancashire BDUK Communities
Langho and Old Langho
Hest Bank

As it stands a total of around 130,000 homes and businesses are expected to be connected to BT’s “fibre broadband” network by the end of 2014 and the eventual aim is to cover 97% of local premises by the end of 2014 2015. So far the project has completed work on over 130 new street cabinets, with a further 100 being built or in progress. More areas will be announced in due course.

BT has contributed £30m to the scheme and another £10.8m is coming from the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office. On top of that £16.5m is expected to come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and another £5.2m from the local councils (£4.7m from LCC, £300,000 from Blackburn with Darwen Council and £230,000 from Blackpool Council).

It’s worth pointing out that some smaller operators, such as B4RN, are separately also making a difference in the most rural parts of the county.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar sam says:

    I was hoping you were going to post a map of which areas were going to get it.

  2. Avatar MikeW says:

    For our Essex friends (really not very far from Lancashire): http://www.shalfordnews.co.uk/organ/parishcouncil/time.pdf

    1. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      That’s a long list Mike. It must be wrong though as Gerarda has repeatedly told us there is very little deployment in Essex! 😉

    2. Avatar gerarda says:

      I have never mentioned Essex though a number of others have commented on the lack of deployment there

    3. Avatar gerarda says:

      It does however look fairly typical of the BDUK rollouts 5 pages of “premises passed”, 2 pages of “plan to do better”, and 1 page of ” no idea”

    4. Avatar TheFactse says:

      Good news for JNeuhoff…

    5. Avatar MikeW says:

      I know we’ve seen the map equivalent for Suffolk, but I’m sure we’ve not seen detailed dates for Essex before, and certainly not a complete list. It is pretty unusual to see full lists like this, even if gerarda thinks it looks typical.

      I’m sure it’ll prove useful to JNeuhoff though, but it does remove one canon from his arsenal – he can no longer complain that his exchange is being ignored by BT and BDUK. Same for GNewton, who appears to be one of the folk that are quite poorly educated in irony – I’m surprised I didn’t get lynched as a troll for publishing the link on a story dedicated to the chillier climes of the country.

      I also learned that Essex is far from being ignored in general. More than 72% has been included in the commercial rollout.

    6. Avatar Gerarda says:

      @mikeW Having your exchange or even your cabinet enabled is in rural areas not a guarantee of getting a superfast (or even superslow) service. Only Ofcom suffer from this delusion.

    7. Avatar MikeW says:

      Really? I never knew that.

      Is there anything else you can educate me in?

  3. Avatar JNeuhoff says:

    More waste of taxpayers money, be it Lancashire or Essex. The BDUK is a farce!

  4. Avatar GNewton says:

    “For our Essex friends (really not very far from Lancashire)”

    Some folks are quite poorly educated when it comes to geography. However, if you want to compare counties: Suffolk is as bad in fibre broadband coverage than many other areas in the UK. And yes, I have to agree with the sentiments of many that the BDUK is a total waste of taxpayer’s money. The Ofcom/BT cartell has lost the plot, future generations will have to bear the consequences of all the wrong policies here.

    1. Avatar Gadget says:

      So what policies would you have advocated bearing in mind the money available and appetite for burdening the debt?
      FTTP – far lest coverage for the money, vastly increased debt to be repaid if wanting to meet targets
      FTTC from outside in – lower coverage profile, implies increased impact on business case. Also you will need to present the outer exchange’s traffic and convenient points nearer the cores of the ISP networks for them to be interested in offering service.
      Take Openreach back into public ownership – good luck trying to persuade any government of any colour to do that.

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