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Better Broadband for Suffolk UK Connects 14,000 Premises to FTTC

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 (7:33 am) - Score 987

The drip feeding of roll-out information from the £40m Better Broadband for Suffolk project reveals that more than 2,100 homes and businesses in Southwold and Reydon can now access BT’s “high speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network after 7 local street cabinets (serving 174 postcodes) were upgraded.

So far the project, which aims to make the service available to more than 85% of local homes and businesses by the end of 2015 (rising to 95% if extra funding can be secured), has managed to extend the new network to over 14,000 properties (1,123 postcodes have benefited via 58 street cabinets) and over 160 miles of fibre optic cabling having been laid.

The 7 Street Cabinets (FTTC):
•Halesworth Road, Reydon
•St James Green, Southwold
•Lowestoft Road, Reydon
•Covert Road, Reydon
•Blackmill Road, Southwold
•High Street, Southwold
•The Drive, off Halesworth Road, Southwold

The scheme now aims to pass approximately 10,000 additional properties every three months, although it would be nice if they could release a clearer timeline of future upgrade locations like the other Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) supported projects.

Take note that BT’s £2.5bn commercial investment has separately already made “fibre broadband” available to around 200,000 Suffolk premises, albeit mostly in built-up urban areas.

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Mark Jackson
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  1. Good information.

    If BT commercial rollout is c55k cabs serving 19m homes passsed costing £1.3bn capital of the £2.5bn programme, then the gap funding on these 58 cabinets ought to be minimal if BT’s capital contribution per home passed is consistent with the commercial rollout.

    This is consistent with BT’s claim that they have economies of scale into 90%. I hope some FTTP targets can be set.

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