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Worcestershire and West Yorkshire UK Begin FTTC Broadband Rollouts

Friday, May 30th, 2014 (9:44 am) - Score 490
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The state aid supported £20.75m Superfast Worcestershire and separate £21.96m Superfast West Yorkshire projects in England have today announced the start of their respective deployment phases, with the first local homes and businesses going live with BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) services in each area.

The Worcestershire scheme aims to expand the reach of BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to 90% of local premises by June 2016, which will benefit an extra 55,000 homes and businesses on top of BT’s existing commercial deployment that can already cover 176,000.

The first areas in Worcestershire to benefit today included 56 businesses on the Enigma Business Park in Malvern and 79 homes in the nearby Leigh Sinton Road area. However it’s worth pointing out that this project may be running a little behind schedule as the first premises were originally supposed to go live in April (here).

Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, said:

The Enigma Business Park has so many excellent businesses which will benefit from superfast broadband and I would like to thank the county council and BT for making this possible. The Superfast Worcestershire project will upgrade many more homes and businesses to fibre over the coming months and I look forward to celebrating the connection of other cabinets in my constituency.

I continue to urge local people to register their interest in superfast broadband by visiting the Superfast Worcestershire website and ensuring the project managers see where people need better connections most.”

Elsewhere the separate scheme in West Yorkshire, which aims to make the same service available to 97% of local premises by the end of autumn 2015, has also started to connect its first homes on the Old Fountain Brewery housing estate in Halifax. Apparently the West Yorkshire scheme is said to be running “three months ahead of schedule“, although so far as we can tell they seem to be running on-target rather than being ahead of it (here).

Overall around 708,000 premises in West Yorkshire’s project area can expect to gain access to the new service by the end of the development.

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Mark Jackson
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8 Responses
  1. Mark, Is it possible to check whether Enigma business park has to get a cabinet before these businesses can get FOD or can they just move to the FTTP?

    If the former I would doubt the NGA folk in NICC, IEEE or even Ofcom Infrastructure team would sign off as efficient, but it is a convenient way to collect subsidy.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      The businesses there may be happy to get 80/20M from FTTC.

    • TheFacts – maybe so, they would be happier still if they could get an access product which costs less subsidy but permits them to migrate their legacy services thus saving some money to what would be a more future proof solution.
      The available subsidy could then be made available for more rural areas.

    • Avatar No Clue

      “The businesses there may be happy to get 80/20M from FTTC.”

      Except non of them will get those speeds unless you can show otherwise. In fact i do not think i have ever seen a speed test on any UK FTTC service delivering those speeds.

    • Avatar GNewton

      “The Superfast Worcestershire project will upgrade many more homes and businesses to fibre over the coming months”

      I think Harriett Baldwin is wrong here, have they done ANY fibre broadband at all? I don’t think so, unless they are all brainwashed by the ASA. More likely the premises are still using the same twisted-pair copper wires with a VDSL service instead of an ADSL, and NOT fibre broadband!

    • GNewton et all, the available money will only take fibre so far, so cabinets bring improvements to many but where duct exists on business parks it should be used to push further rather than adding active components and ongoing operational costs where they are not needed.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      Does anybody get 1G on a speed test?

    • Avatar No Clue

      “Does anybody get 1G on a speed test?”

      I would hope not, wasn’t 1G some mobile thing from the 80s?

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