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Devon and Somerset Name 25 More Communities for Fibre Broadband

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 (2:18 pm) - Score 1,867

The Connecting Devon and Somerset project in England has today confirmed the next 25 communities to benefit from their £94m roll-out of BT’s superfast broadband FTTC/P (25Mbps+) services, which is actually a clarification based on the general exchange areas that were announced last month.

CDS announced last month that their joint project with BT and the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office would push the new network coverage out to 70,000 homes and businesses by July 2014 and in relation to this several new exchange areas were confirmed (representing around 26,000 homes and businesses).

At the time the project was unable to pinpoint the actual communities within those exchange areas but today all that has changed.

In Devon the communities are..
Ashford
Landkey
Heanton Punchardon
Braunton
Morthoe
Swimbridge
Burlescombe
Feniton
Ottery St Mary
Dunkeswell
Membury
Honiton
Newton Abbot
Ashburton
Ilsington
Kingskerswell
Bovey Tracey
Belstone

In Somerset they are..
Horton
Barrington
Ilminster
Broadway
Dowlish Wake
Kingstone
Wellington

As before, some of the towns included in today’s announcement (e.g. Newton Abbot, Honiton, Ilminster and Wellington) already have some fibre broadband through commercial investment and will thus benefit from infill to expand the existing coverage.

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Mark Jackson
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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Still nothing West of Bridgwater, In fact nothing near Bridgwater at all.

  2. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Don’t think there is nothing new here at all and it looks like Somerset is the poor relation again but that is no surprise you only have to look how long the Government took to do anything about the floods.

  3. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Also 2 new Cabinets In the village I live which is Cannington no one been near them now for a week, wonder how long it will be before we are upgraded or will BT just say we are classed as passed ?.

  4. Avatar ShireN

    West Monkton (Monkton Heathfield) Cabinet 1 hasn’t been installed yet. Been watching on roadworks.org and Oct 24th notification went on roadworks.org for early Nov installation. Then delayed again till Dec and recently last week. Nothing got happened.
    So even on exchanges where they have upgraded cabinet installs have been delayed. But I know another cabinet has been installed on West Monkton last week. So they (BT/DCS)are slowly pulling their fingers out.

  5. Avatar Slow Somerset

    Yes Somerset there is red around Bridgwater looking at the map on the Connecting Devon & Somerset site also my post code is on the list as by July, lets see if they meet that date , we shall see.

  6. Avatar fastman2

    cabs normally 1st thing tat goes up — then copper then fibre — normally about and 8 – 10 week process between cab up and had over depending on normal local conditions

  7. Avatar Slow Somerset

    I know someone who lives in Bridgwater and the cabinet was Installed In March 2012 and he still can’t get superfast it keeps getting put back all the time and that is part of the commercial rollout.

  8. Avatar Chatters

    I got excited when the infrastructure map showed red (live July) and the post code spreadsheet shows my post code served by cabinet 3 is due to be fibre enabled by July. Unfortunately the line length from the cabinet to the post code is about 4km which means we won’t receive any uplift in speed if my understanding of the FTTC capability is correct and I doubt we will even be moved to an FTTC service and yet the post code is considered fibre enabled.

  9. Avatar tony c

    I have also been monitoring progress of monkton heathfield mine is cab 1 as well
    cabs 5 and 8 which were not on origonal cds postcode list have been installed aswell thats evry one exept cab 1 have up.
    it still says installed by march on updated cds post code checker
    I hope the blocked ducts on roadworks .org have anything to do with it.there not getting sorted til april

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