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Clawback Boosts Dorset UK’s Coverage Plan for BT Fibre Broadband

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 (2:25 pm) - Score 592
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The state aid supported Superfast Dorset project in England has revealed that a combination of roll-out savings and strong take-up (clawback) have resulted in an extra 800+ premises in 31 areas being added to 2017’s local roll-out plan for Openreach’s (BT) FTTC/P based “fibre broadband” network.

At present the existing scheme has already made related superfast broadband (24Mbps+) networks available to 90% of premises in the county (here) and they’re now busy working to make the “fibre broadband” network available to 97% of local homes and businesses by the end of 2016 (around 95.6% can expect to receive 24Mbps+). We wouldn’t be surprised if this slipped into 2017.

Back in February 2016 we also revealed that the clawback (gain share) mechanism in related Broadband Delivery UK linked contracts, which requires BT to return part of the public investment when take-up of the new service passes beyond the 20% mark (Dorset is currently at 26%), should return “almost £2 million for use in further expansion of the new connectivity.

On top of that “efficiencies in delivery” from the Phase 1 contract (e.g. using more FTTC instead of FTTP) has also pushed some public money back towards boosting future coverage. As a result BT has today confirmed that more than 800 additional premises in 31 areas have just been added to Dorset’s roll-out plan for next year.

The new announcement also clarifies that both the clawback and savings “together are worth more than £1 million” (so not quite “almost £2 million“?). Many of the communities listed below will be getting FTTC/P for the first time, although some already have a bit of access and will thus be seeing an increase in their existing coverage (infill).

In total during 2017, more than 4,000 Dorset premises will be provided with access to “fibre broadband” as a result of the Superfast Dorset programme.

The 31 Communities
Kimmeridge
Winfrith Newburgh
Moreton
Higher Bockhampton
Lower Bockhampton
Waddon
Askerswell
Broad Oak
Drimpton
Corscombe
East Chelborough
Yetminster
North Wooton
Bagber Common
Moorside
Manston
East Orchard
Hartgrove
Fontmell Magna
Sydling St Nicholas
Up Cerne
Minterne Magna
Tarrant Launceston
Witchampton
Holt
Horton
Sixpenny Handley
Lytchett Matravers
Arne
Buckhorn Weston

The Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, Colin Jamieson, said: “Under its initial contract with BT the Superfast Dorset programme receives a refund if take-up reaches a certain point. As this has been achieved, the money will be used to extend the network to areas previously outside the planned coverage area which is great news.”

Investing public money in fibre broadband helps sustain our rural communities and maintains Dorset’s competitive edge as a business destination. It also allows homeowners to do things that need a faster internet connection like accessing skills and learning, entertainment and other social connections.”

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Mark Jackson
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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7 Responses
  1. Avatar Ignition

    Incoming NGA For All in t-minus…. 😉

  2. Avatar Tom

    …..major Tom..

  3. Avatar Will

    Shame there’s such a focus on FTTC considering a lot of properties are rural! My parents hamlet in Dorchester was FTTC enabled, but the cabinet is about 1km from most of the houses and so most are barely capable of ‘superfast’ speeds of 24Mbits! Maybe some of that money should go towards upgrading some to FTTP as should’ve been done from the beginning

    • Avatar TheManStan

      If everything was FTTP, then your folks would still be waiting… I’d estimate that only a third of the country would have FTTP at most… people in rural areas would be waiting another 10 years for completion.

    • Avatar George

      Talking about rural – the Forest of Dean where Fastershire and BT decided to upgrade exchanges, run fibre to some of the cabs (easy to reach) and miss out others that were 20m away from the main fibre trunk in the road (electricity there, ducts there and current cab on a ‘grassy’ verge). One in particular would have ensured that a very rural area would have been provided with FTTC and speeds would be the lightening speed of 24Mbs in comparison to the 1-3 currently achieved. What did they do…well I will tell you…they ran the fibre 2+KM extra down the main road (bypassing the cabinet 20m away from a service opening, which they had to open to pull through the fibre to send on its way, with the main telephone line running in) to a larger ‘rural’ ahem area. Interesting though in the new strategy they have said that area 2, which was the initial area for provision’ will be upgraded but not by BT/Openreach.

      http://www.fastershire.com/

      Interseting that there has been nothing added in 18 weeks (senna may help – so I am told)

      http://www.fastershire.com/about-us/consultation
      http://www.fastershire.com/where-when/phase-two-the-rollout
      http://www.fastershire.com/assets/file/Strategy%20revision%20final.pdf

      FTTP is a bit of pipe dream for most at the moment maybe schemes like Fastershire etal and BT Openreach should concentrate on getting it right based on FTTC and if they discover that the area cna reasonably be served by FTTP make the leap of faith and do it.

      At the end of the day we all want superfast and we want it now (don’t we) but the hotch potch arrangement of splitting areas up, installing here, missing there and ‘oh dear we forgot to install here’ mentality only goes to serve as a dis advantage to those left.

      Here is an idea… whay don’t we upgrade all of the cabs in an area as a program at once so for example Ross-on-Wye, Cinderford, Longhope etc each have say 10 cabs.

      Let us start at Ross-on-Wye upgrade all of the 10 ‘attached’ to the exchange then move onto Cinderford then Longhope (not missing one out). Yes it maybe difficult, yes it maybe not cost effective initially but if BT/Openreach are as committed to providing as they say then why not do it…..

      I have removed my rose tinted specs now.

  4. Avatar fastman

    the problem is under BDUk their has to be Value for money and also a price per premise cap adhered to

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