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UPDATE West Yorkshire Name Phase 2 Rollout for BT Fibre Broadband

Friday, July 4th, 2014 (8:30 am) - Score 1,913
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The £21.96m Superfast West Yorkshire project in England, which is working to roll-out BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to cover 97% of local homes and businesses (708,000 premises) by the end of Autumn 2015, has started the second phase of its local deployment. There’s also some good news for Exchange Only Lines (EOL).

So far the scheme (phase 1) has finished building 37 new green FTTC Street Cabinets (32 of those are taking orders), although it should be noted that a total of around 100 have already been installed or are in the process of being upgraded. Overall 6,957 premises have now been linked up to BT’s “fibre” network as part of the programme (roughly 10% of the “project area“) and engineers have laid 56,864 metres of fibre optic cable.

Apparently the only problem area has been Sowerby Bridge, which has taken a little longer than anticipated to complete but should now be pretty much done. The Tour de France has also caused some juggling of plans because BTOpenreach didn’t want to disrupt that event by building on the same roads.

The latest Phase 2 upgrades, which began this month and will run through summer and autumn, contain a familiar mix of new exchanges and infill (expanding coverage in areas that can already get some FTTC).

Phase 2 – New Exchange Areas
Collingham Bridge
Steeton
Thorner

Phase 2 – Coverage Extention (Infill) Areas
Boston Spa
Chapeltown
Crofton
Crossgates
Cullingworth
Drighlington
Horbury/Ossett
Keighley
Knottingley
Moortown
Morley
Pontefract
Seacroft
Wakefield
Wentbridge
Wetherby

Interestingly there’s also some mixed news for those who have to suffer on Exchange Only Lines (EOL), which equates to around 19,000 premises in the project area. “We do have a solution which involves building around 80 new copper cabinets in the street as well as the new superfast broadband cabinet,” said the West Yorkshire Council. But as usual customers affected by this will be forced to wait until the projects “later phases” before they can benefit. At least they’re not alone; most of those on EOLs across the UK will have to wait until the later stages.

As a side note this update was actually released on 18th June 2014 but we, like many others, overlooked it. Sorry about that, but better late than never :).

UPDATE 26th September 2014

We’ve noted that a number of additional areas appear to have been added to phase two (running until December 2014), including Bretton, Elland, Guiseley, Harehills, Horsforth and Idle. Meanwhile the project, which is running roughly one month ahead of schedule, has now helped 21,500 premises to get “fibre broadband” via 220 new street cabinets (121 of which are live and taking order). It’s now expected that the total premises passed will reach 36,500 by the end of phase two.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar Chris Conder

    building ‘new copper cabinets’ to connect to ‘new fibre cabinets’. What a shameful waste of public money. The lengths they are going to in order to protect their obsolete phone network is shocking. And we are the fools paying for it. BT are laughing all the way to the bank. What a superfarce.

  2. Avatar adslmax

    My friend are pleased to hear Boston Spa Cabinet 3 will be FTTC Phase 2 as his area got no virgin media, only slow 4Mbps speed.

  3. Avatar four_eyes

    They should get rid of the copper so basically its a cowboy job partly fibre connection and mostly the copper is that old its been paid over and over but they prefur to bodge it as greedy Openreach don’t want to spend . no wonder people have a grudge paying line rental because its all useless .

  4. Avatar fastman2

    so the only option for EO is to build a move the copper cable into a new copper cab and stand a Fibre cab — four eyes not sure what you issue with that is — is a good solution and can be drealt with in an equivalenyt manner which means it can be replicated — openreach has to be equivalent in its dealings

    • I speculate his issue with it is that he thinks that rather than doing a copper rearrangement and standing an FTTC cabinet a better solution would be to overlay the copper with fibre to the premises.

      If the area served by the EO lines is small enough and dense enough he probably has a point!

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