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B4RN Connects 600 Homes to 1Gbps FTTH Broadband in Lancashire UK

Monday, October 6th, 2014 (11:33 am) - Score 1,341

The B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) project has managed to connect 600 premises in rural Lancashire (England) to its new 1000Mbps (1 Gigabit per second) capable community built and funded Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network, with customers typically paying £30 per month for the service. But Cumbria and Yorkshire could soon see some B4RN action too.

The service, which is already available in Arkholme, Abbeystead, Aughton, Capernwray, Dolphinholme, Gressingham, Newton, Docker, Littledale, Quernmore, Roeburndale, Wray, Wennington and Tatham, is now working towards connecting premises in Melling, Whittington and Wrayton. B4RN also has eyes on Low Bentham, Halton, Hornby, Farleton and Claughton, which means they’ll be pushing into the edges of Cumbria and Yorkshire.

According to Recombu, another 40 or so premises are already lined up to go live (total of 640), provided some issues with access can be resolved.

B4RNs Christine Conder said:

There are around 40 new customers awaiting connection. They are waiting because we await permission from the county council for road crossings.”

Generally speaking the take-up for B4RN’s service remains high, fuelled as it is by strong community involvement and investment, with earlier figures stating that it costs approximately £1,000 per property to deploy the service (£750k was raised to fund this – between 2011 and 2012 – as part of the first share offer) and this is balanced against an average take-up of over 50%; some areas within its coverage are even said to have hit more than 80%.

Admittedly it’s taken B4RN a little longer than they perhaps initially expected to reach this point, yet the results appear to be good and as B4RN move to complete their initial deployment phases then the focus will increasingly shift towards future expansion and support. Crucially the project now claims to be earning enough money that they can start to think about investing in new developments.

Apparently two tentative plans for the future involve securing Code Powers from Ofcom (i.e. quicker approval for street works around the UK) and hiring some full time staff, instead of using volunteers for the bulk of technical support, maintenance and construction related tasks as they do today. But for the time being their focus will remain on building out the core network.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar NGA for all says:

    Great effort and at a £1000 per home connected FTTP – what price the in-fill on second pass? This is less than FTTC given £170-£200 subsidy per home passed for FTTC from BT + BT’s contribution.

    1. Avatar GNewton says:

      I know of cases with the Essex county BDUK project, where £2400 per VDSL line were spent, assuming a generous 25% takeup rate, and this wasn’t even in rural areas, unlike the B4RN with its FTTP rollout.

    2. Avatar NGA for all says:

      GNEWTON is it possible to document the Essex position and put it on a blog, location specifics. Most LAs must live within the lie, not necessarily accepting the lie but just putting up with it enough to get along in life, thus the system is confimed, fulfilled and defined. I am paraphasing Vaclav Havel badly.

    3. Avatar No Clue says:

      Im sure one of the regulars will be along shortly to bash the B4RN project and reassure anyone stupid enough FTTC was good value.

  2. Avatar Chris Conder says:

    First employee taken on, more people connected and another village due to come live shortly. If B4RN can do this, why can’t the big telcos? They already have the resources. B4RN have had to start totally from scratch, with no help or support from government. It just shows what can be done if you harness the power of the people.

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