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First Granborough Customer Connects to 300Mbps FTTH Broadband Pilot

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 (8:49 am) - Score 791

Good news for homes and businesses in the Buckinghamshire (England) village of Granborough today because the first local customer is expected to go live on Aylesbury Vale Broadband‘s new 300Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network, which has just reached the area.

The AVB pilot network, which is currently supported by £200k of public investment from the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and this could soon be boosted by another £500k (latest AVB uptake and financial data), has already gone live in parts of nearby North Marston and it first began the 3km extension to Granborough all the way back in February 2016.

Unfortunately the deployment to Granborough is said to have been “plagued with problems“, most of which were caused by bad weather (e.g. heavy rain makes it particularly difficult to dig trenches using heavy machinery through muddy fields). As such the extension has taken longer than expected, but they’ve finally made it and the first customer should go live sometime today. But more work will be needed to reach the rest of the village’s 550 or so population.

AVB Statement

We are now planning the route our fibre will take through Granborough and need to establish which streets have the most demand so we can target them first. To do this we have decided to start accepting a small deposit of £20 (the deposit will be deducted from your connection fee – in other words when we deliver our ultra-fast fibre broadband service to your property boundary, instead of paying £150 you will only need to pay £130) and this will allow us to prioritise which streets we tackle first.

The civil work (on the public roads) is scheduled to begin between the 6th June 2016 and 13th June 2016. We estimate it will take 3 months to complete but we are hoping it will be quicker as we have learned several lessons from North Marston, which will allow us to move faster with less disruption to yourselves.

Customers of the new network can expect to pay from £30 per month for an unlimited usage 30Mbps service (symmetrical), which rises to £38 if you want a 100Mbps connection or £135 for the top 300Mbps.

The one-off connection fee for the service is £150, although this only works if you’re happy to “self-install” the cable to your property and it will cost a little more if you wish to hire a professional to do the job (AVB’s approved installer charges around £95 for up to 35m of external installation).

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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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5 Responses
  1. New_Londoner says:

    Interesting to see if the complaint from Village Networks, presumably about illegal state aid, has an impact on this plan.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      So far it doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere.

  2. broadbandbob says:

    More interesting would be Rapid Rural’s response. They’re already building an up to 100Mbs wireless network in Granborough with equipment on the Church tower, so not only have AVB been the recipient of state aid under questionable terms, they’re now making things worse by overbuilding an existing network. If their coverage in Granborough is as good as it is in north Marston most of the population won’t be able to connect anyway. And anyway there doesn’t seem much point as BT are due to upgrade the Granborough cabinet, and the great majority of the population there live within a quarter of a km from the cabinet. The furthest parts of the village are only a bit more than half a km away from the cabinet, so everyone will get at least 50Mbs for eight quid a month, so this looks like another BT spoiling tactic.

    1. MikeW says:

      “If their coverage in Granborough is as good as it is in north Marston most of the population won’t be able to connect anyway.”

      Overbuilding is allowed, provided it is a side-effect of giving access to those who can’t connect to the other network.

      Some of the conditions seen in BDUK projects last year made reference to VM being the overbuilt network, and would allow overbuilding of the VM network didn’t cover more than 90% of properties.

  3. broadbandbob says:

    Anyone in Granborough can be covered by wireless, including the outliers. BT will also be delivering 50Mb to 90% of the village. The fibre network will only duplicate the BT and wireless coverage, but not reach the outliers. Also talk of Gigaclear heading that way too. Cant see any justification for overbuilding in all that.

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