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First of 8000 Chapelton Homes Nearly Ready for 330Mbps FTTP Broadband

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 (4:36 am) - Score 989

Scotland’s largest new town, Chapelton, which resides five miles south of Aberdeen and will eventually be home to 4,045 new houses located in four neighbourhoods (this could be expanded to 8,000 in the future), will shortly see its first residents move in and they can all expect to benefit from broadband speeds of over 300Mbps (Megabits per second).

Development of the town, which is expected to cost £2 billion and has been on-going for the past few years (although most of the physical construction began at the end of last year), is currently being managed by the Elsick Development Company (EDC). Happily EDC, unlike some other developers, has chosen to spend the money and work with BT in order to build a proper Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

Earlier this year EDC’s Director, Lord Southesk, said: “Securing FTTP at Chapelton was vital for us to deliver our vision of a truly sustainable, modern community. I believe FTTP will be a big attraction for people looking for a new home later this year and beyond.”

BTOpenreach currently anticipates that all the new homes and businesses will be served directly by their fibre optic cabling, which they’ve previously said would make Chapelton the first town in Scotland to benefit from “ultra-fast broadband speeds“. It’s certainly a lot more capable than the ‘up to’ 80Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology that most people are receiving.

The first Show Homes are due to open by the end of this month and they will be used to demonstrate the quality of the build and materials, while it’s understood that over 30 other homes have already been purchased or reserved (a more general interest has also been expressed by others for over 50% of the proposed homes).

It’s hoped that the first residents will then be able to move in by the end of 2014, so hopefully BT will have that fibre optic cable ready in time. We’ve seen a few developer gaffes where the homes are “made ready” before some of the key services, such as a working phone and or broadband line, have even been switched on.

Now if only the choice of Openreach FTTP supporting ISPs and packages was better. Even BT seems to hide their fastest BTInfinity Option 3 and 4 (FTTP) packages, possibly to avoid confusing consumers due to the limited availability of related services.

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21 Responses
  1. Avatar FibreFred says:

    See it can be done properly with the right developer

    1. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      Along with the right Openreach staff not misinforming developers that FTTP is still in trial stage…

  2. Avatar Chris Conder says:

    And the price of FOD is £99 +Vat a month. Plus connection charges. Wonder how many will pay that? It will be interesting to watch and learn. But well done to the developers for putting the fibre in.

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      It’s native FTTP Chris not FoD, so you can take it for a lot less (i.e. no massive install costs) via some ISPs like BT. Sadly the selection of affordable Openreach based FTTP providers is rather poor outside of BT’s own consumer division. Claranet’s Soho division also offers both FTTC/P but they’re a bit more expensive.


    2. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Sorry where does it state FOD?

      This isn’t FOD

      This is a developer doing things right, it doesn’t matter whether fibre is in the area or not, when a developer spends millions, in this case billions on development they only need to pay thousands to bring fibre to estate, makes total sense but a lot of developers don’t bother.

      Telco’s can bring fibre (yes real fibre) pretty much anywhere in the UK, it just needs the developer to request it

    3. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      Ah Chris. Talking about FTTP on demand and then complimenting the developers on arranging pre-emptive build.

      You’re like the office manager always happy to give their opinion on every aspect of the company’s prospects and products.

  3. Avatar NaeIdea says:

    These houses start at around £400,000+ so these aren’t your average consumers.

    1. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      The website says there will be “new houses to suit every type of lifestyle and pocket” which may, of course, be something of an exaggeration, but implies there will be a lower cost properties available in the future.

    2. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      I also found this which mentions houses from £249,000/


    3. Avatar NaeIdea says:

      Apologies, you’re right. this seems to be a cheaper range than was previously available.

    4. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      It looks like the first properties offered were, indeed, in a higher price range as, at 167sqm (or about 1700sg ft), they are considerably larger than the UK average.

  4. Avatar Steve Jones says:

    Is this development “fibre only”, or will there be a parallel copper infrastructure. It could be that BT are obliged to provide the MPF & WLR wholesale products, even if it makes no economic sense to put in both copper and fibre infrastructure. After all, voice services can be provided over fibre, so the copper shouldn’t be necessary.

    1. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      Fibre only.

      BT are not obliged to provide an MPF facility, at least on greenfield sites, GEA is considered an adequate replacement alongside Fibre Voice Access.

      See Ebbsfleet et al.

    2. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      Is there a reference available to that decision? I know that Ebbsfleet had special dispensation, as a pilot, to offer retail discounts. If an incentive had to be provided to take up fibre, then that implied copper services were also available and fibre wasn’t the only option.


    3. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      The discounts were Openreach discounts to encourage operators to take it up.

      These discounts aren’t available anywhere else, the standard GEA-FTTP product set applies.

      LLU regulations apply to copper plant, not to premises. BT are obliged to unbundle copper loops where they are present, not to permit unbundling to every premises passed regardless of technology.

      No copper present, Ofcom and the EU say VULA is fine, which GEA delivers as it presents a ‘naked’ Ethernet handover.

    4. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      So the answer to my question is that you don’t have a link. Surely there must be a definitive statement somewhere, but I can’t find it.

      Incidentally, the discounts appear to have applied to BT Retail, not wholesale costs.

    5. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      Must’ve been imagining Openreach SIN 477 and subsequent withdrawal of it in favour of standard GEA pricing regarding special offers on the Ebbsfleet pilot. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

      Anyway, now I have a little more time I can’t be bothered with sifting through regulations but:


      1st section:

      ‘For Fibre Only sites we will provide a pure fibre infrastructure, with fibre provided all the way from the exchange to the customer premises (FTTP). Fibre will be the only communications infrastructure to the site, and will provide all voice and broadband services.’

      There is also an option for a combination of both fibre and copper services on greenfield sites, however I am not aware of this having been used.

      Thanks for causing me to read that document though, this bit gave me a chuckle:

      ‘For Copper only sites, we will provide a standard copper infrastructure which will provide all voice and broadband services. We are also committed to future-proofing our network, so we will provide Fibre tubing to the premises, so that fibre broadband could be provided in the future without the need to conduct major engineering works.’

      Of course they’ll spend so long running through various hybrid technologies to avoid investing in FTTP that by the time they get around to using the ducts they’ll be in a sorry state.

    6. Avatar NGA for all says:

      @Steve look for FLAM consult doc where FTTP with an ATA is equivalent to PSTN and costs can be recovered on the same basis. FTTP with an ATA is in the market definition for an ‘analogue line’.

    7. Avatar No Clue says:

      LOL expect him to use another name later to still try to argue the point.

  5. Avatar Stephen says:

    Oh oh oh, this is just a few miles away from my current “final 10%” house, which will probably never get fibre. I better tell the wife we’re moving 😉
    Hang on a minute, how much did you say per house? In that case I’ll maybe just settle for a viewing and a couple of speed tests!!!
    Seriously though, it’s great to see Aberdeenshire being at the forefront of such technology, normally the North East runs 2-3 years behind other big cities, it’s only this year that areas are starting to get FTTC and many more are still waiting. I think there is great demand for such a service due to the oil industry and also there is enough wealth in the area to pay for it so I’m sure it will do very well when all is up and running.

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