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South Yorkshire UK Finally Publishes BT “Fibre Broadband” Rollout Map

Friday, March 27th, 2015 (7:59 am) - Score 4,356

South Yorkshire (England) might have been late to the Broadband Delivery UK game, due to the infamous Digital Region disaster of prior years, but after last year’s signing of a contract with BT to upgrade the area we’re pleased to report that the project now has an official deployment map.

Under the £22.4 million deal, which was agreed during late September 2014 (here), BT will work to deploy FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” services to 97.9% of South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) by the end of 2017. It’s worth noting that BT’s commercial roll-out in South Yorkshire has already reached around 250,000 premises.

This of course excludes the city centre areas of Sheffield because state aid rules say that public funding cannot be used there as the private sector should be able to do it, although sadly the big operators often drag their feet over such things.

In any case the project’s website can be found here – Superfast South Yorkshire – and you can also download the first high level deployment map (PDF). As usual it’s not as detailed as it could be, but it’s a fair start and better than some we’ve seen. Credits to one of our readers, Andrew, for pointing this out.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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8 Responses
  1. Gadget says:

    Mark – viewing the pdf at x800 and x1600 suggests it is made up from individual postcode areas – surely that is detailed?

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      The “not as detailed as it could be” isn’t saying it’s not detailed, just that some projects have gone a lot further and provided some quite rich interactive mapping. The colouring book approach may also reflect an FTTC footprint, although it would also be nice to see this reflecting the reach of superfast speeds via an overlay so the two could be compared.

    2. Gadget says:

      I can see what you are getting at

  2. Matthew Williams says:

    Least it is going ahead now and people will eventually be able to get VDSL.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      ..some of them for the second time :).

    2. Matt says:

      Yeah it is a shame about that. At least they know now they won’t be stuck on ADSL like they are at present. I would assume even BT could afford to commercially justify doing Sheffield itself.

  3. M says:

    So happy about this news. I was on Origin Broadband (100/36/4ms) with Digital Region until I was forced back to an appallingly oversubscribed and unreliable Virgin Media as ADSL was the only alternative. I do hope I can get my net neutral, un-throttled, uncapped service back as soon as possible.

  4. Kyle says:

    Eeek that is a lot of grey, blue and red on that map 🙁

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