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Worcestershire UK Name First BDUK and BT Fibre Broadband Rollout Areas

Monday, January 27th, 2014 (3:22 pm) - Score 1,430
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The state aid fuelled £20.75m Superfast Worcestershire (England) project has today revealed which communities will be the first to get access to BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which aims to pass 90% of local premises by the middle of 2016.

Overall the project aims to help connect nearly 55,000 premises to the new service, which might have otherwise been left neglected. The work is in addition to BT’s existing commercial deployment that will have enabled over 176,000 local homes and businesses by the end of Spring 2014.

Bill Murphy, BTs Managing Director of NGA, said:

Since the Superfast Worcestershire partnership was launched last summer, teams have been busy planning and building the new network that will transform the way people across the county communicate, work, learn and enjoy their spare time.

It’s a huge engineering project that will involve the laying of more than 700 kilometres of fibre optic cable across the county – equivalent to travelling from Bromsgrove to Brussels and back again.”

The first areas to benefit from the new scheme (between April and the end of September 2014), which are listed below, will also been complemented by infill work in parts of Evesham, Worcester City Centre and the Malvern district (this includes a number of business premises on Enigma Business Park).

Phase 1 Communities for Worcestershire

Ashton-under-Hill
Badsey
Broadway
Cropthorne
Hallow
Harvington

Openreach are also due to start preliminary surveying work in parts of Wychavon, Wyre Forest, Malvern Hills and the areas of Bromsgrove where their FTTC/P network has yet to reach, which will support Phase 2 development between October and December 2014.

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  1. Avatar DTMark

    “Openreach are also due to start preliminary surveying work in parts of…”

    I’m puzzled by this “surveying work”. At first glance this would appear to consist of:

    1. Run some SQL queries against the database which knows the line lengths and where the cabinets are. Determine likely performance, probably per postcode.

    2. Armed with the above determine whether VDSL will work at all or suffice taking into account EO lines, line plant quality or lack thereof where known, or whether FTTP will be needed.

    3. Armed with that, if VDSL, fire off an email to the power company for that area to get a quote for power to potential cabs at known locations. If FTTP, run another query to determine total distance of FTTP needed by adding up the line lengths from the database so as to estimate cost.

    Isn’t this work that a programmer and an analyst could complete in an office in a day.. what more is there to this, and given that this doesn’t involve very much actual work, why hasn’t all of this been done already?

    • Avatar Unknown101

      Quite wrong Mark, yes most of that is done by computers but this means physical surveying work, checking ducts making sure theres no blockages, making sure theres enough spare capacity left in the duct spaces (especially nearer the exchanges where they can be congested), then working out if a duct overlay would be needed. Especially for FTTP if any poles will need to be replaced (as the added weight for the equipment needs to be taken into account).

    • Avatar MikeW

      IIRC some of the physical work means a walkaround for a group of people, including council planning/highway folk. This informal get-together is a way to talk about cabinet locating, and is more efficient than getting a contractor to play paperwork tennis.

      I think the slides for the “broadband industry day” for BDUK-2 show how the surveying & planning process affects many parallel phases in many parallel projects… So that uncertainty & low-reliability estimates get gradually converted to certainty and better quality estimates over a long period.

  2. Avatar Matthew Williams

    Interesting ng I thought all counties were going to have 95% or above for FTTC/FTTP I didn’t realise any were still going have 90% thanks for the head up.

    • As I understand it most counties are going to have 90%. The 95% only works if this £250m pot gets released to them – ie, they spec out a bunch of phases, have funding for some of them, the others get funded later on (or not).

      I’m tired and ill, though, so may have gotten that wrong!

    • Avatar Matthew Williams

      Thanks for that information I appreciate didn’t exactly realise that was what was happening. Imagine all counties are trying to get some of the extra money.

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