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Superfast Essex Project Gets New Website and Postcode Checker

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 (1:18 pm) - Score 2,019

The £25 million Superfast Essex project, which is working to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network available to around 87% of local homes and businesses by the end of summer 2016, has launched a revamped site that now includes a postcode based availability checker. But precise details of the roll-out are still extremely thin.

Otherwise there’s not a lot else to say, although Essex County Council has already produced a map which highlights its priority areas for upgrade (here) and we’re anticipating the first major list of upgrade locations to be released in the very near future.

The first premises are currently expected to be upgraded by June 2014 and previous updates have indicated that the initial areas will probably include the Harlow Enterprise Zone alongside parts of Boxted, Myland and St Andrews.

Never the less the contract for Essex was signed in August 2013 and progress updates on this project have been practically zero since September last year, which is extremely poor. Most Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) projects have been a lot more active than this.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar JNeuhoff

    “Otherwise there’s not a lot else to say”

    “progress updates on this project have been practically zero since September last year, which is extremely poor.”

    I think this nicely summarizes the Essex BDUK. Quite a waste. And the map is extremely inaccurate, it shows areas as covered by commercial VDSL which don’t even have decent basic broadband.

    Suffolk doesn’t look much better either!

  2. Avatar No clue

    Another painting by crayons map from BT and a local authority.

  3. Avatar Jim

    seems to be a lot of green / 2mbps minimum areas on the map also…but very vague on what this really means, another poor map.

  4. Avatar DTMark

    Interested to see Templefields (Enterprise Zone) – since I grew up in Harlow.

    From what I can see it’s currently like so many other areas which are supposed to be “business parks” in which no modern business can actually be conducted because it has no network capable of supplying useful broadband services.

    Looks to be between about 1Meg and 5Meg down and nearly nil upstream at the moment over a phone network. Knowing where it is, and where the phone exchange is next to the old Gilbey’s building in town if memory serves, 5Meg sounds a touch optimistic.

    This is the sort of area where VM could have made an absolute killing by extending their network in the town beyond the residentials and into the business parks but were never commercially oriented.

    Lots of grand plans for that area for redevelopment, but they’ll need to get the broadband right or it will be like the business park in our local town which has no broadband network either.

  5. Avatar dragoneast

    Infrastructure (of all sorts) just isn’t a priority in this country – unless it’s a vanity project. Greedy developers, and even more greedy landowners. And a huge welfare bill. Talk’s cheap, fortunately.

  6. Avatar TomD

    I agree with all the above. The superfast broadband coverage is very lopsided within the county. Even at the end of the project in 2016, district Uttlesford (the most rural district yes, but not challenging topographically) comes away with a pathetic 64.6% superfast coverage. Any claims that this project is aimed at addressing rural broadband needs are clearly bogus.

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