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BT Deal Means 300 New Homes in Market Harborough to Get FTTC Broadband

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 (9:19 am) - Score 885
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Residents of the Farndon Fields Development in Market Harborough (Leicestershire), many of whom have been forced to suffer slow ADSL2+ broadband speeds despite owning new build homes, look set to gain access to 80Mbps capable FTTCfibre broadband” thanks to a new co-funded deal with BT.

Nearly 300 new-ish build properties look set to benefit from the co-funded deal with BT (Openreach) after local residents clubbed together with CJC Developments, the developer who built Farndon Fields some 5 years ago.

As a result of the effort enough money has been raised (we’re not told how much this will all cost) in order to co-fund the build of a new FTTC street cabinet by Autumn 2017, which will be achieved via one of BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships.

We should point out that the situation in 2011/12, when the houses were first being built, was rather different from what it is today and back then there wasn’t much in the way of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) connectivity around and Openreach (BT) had only just begun to roll-out Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology. Meanwhile the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme was still being setup.

Richard Kyle, Community Campaigner for Farndon Fields, said:

“We are really looking forward to being able to connect to fibre broadband. It will make a huge difference to the residents, especially those working from home and with children in the house.

Being able to benefit from faster download speeds becomes more important as more home devices connect to the internet and so many things are accessed or delivered online. This will benefit people of all ages.”

So far BT’s “Community Fibre Partnerships” have helped to expand their FTTC/P network coverage to an additional 90+ communities (18,000 premises passed), which is expected to reach 35,000 premises passed once the next round of related contracts in other parts of the United Kingdom have been finalised and completed.

However it’s a shame that residents had to raise the money themselves, particularly as the area appears to be fairly urban and should have perhaps been covered as part of the second Superfast Leicestershire contract instead (details), had the local authority desired to do so.

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Mark Jackson
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19 Responses
  1. Avatar GNewton

    It amazes me how people still buy homes in newly built estates yet can’t be bothered to check for the availability of fibre broadband before purchase. Of course it would be nice if developers of new estates would be forced by law to make sure of fibre broadband before getting planning permission, but that is not the case at the moment.

  2. Avatar Shane

    Interesting….I don’t live that way, but I do live in Leicestershire and I saw them shoveling loads of cable in the ground. God knows what they are doing as unless I ask them BT won’t tell me

    • Avatar Lee

      That’s because it’s nothing to do with BT who you buy services from. In the exact same way it’s nothing to do with Sky or TalkTalk.

  3. Avatar Shane

    You are mostly true, however BT own openreach and I have rang up before and been put through to an Openreach engineer who answered all my questions or they have rang them on my behalf. However this was a very rare occurrence and it was when I got through to the UK office. Something which Sky or Talk Talk would not be able to do.

  4. Avatar fastman

    I dout it was an openreach engineer — as you would not be able to speak to the engineer as that would be in equiavalent -s so who did you speak to

  5. Avatar Shane

    I can 100% guarantee it was an engineer as a few hours later he turned up at my door

    • Avatar fastman

      hhmmm that should not be happening in any shape or form

    • Avatar Shane

      I’m curious as to why ? I had an issue with the system putting me on an ADSL cabinet and not a fiber cabinet. BT did not understand wtf i was talking about, so put me through to an engineer who made a call got the system updated and me on the fiber cabinet. Turned up and ran line checks.

  6. Avatar Neil

    Good luck with that. The development I live in (Royal Arsenal Woolwich) paid BT over £100k eighteen months ago to provide FTTC to its hundreds of properties, and we’re still waiting. Fortunately in the meantime Hyperoptic stepped in, completing their installation over a year ago and within a period of a few weeks.

    • Avatar fastman

      neil

      actually there were major issues around the wayleaves for the kit which took significantly longer than expected to agree and resolve but depending on what cab you are on — think thinks a number of now almost done

    • Avatar Neil

      I’ve heard today that three cabinets are now done, but others including mine (cabinet 86) aren’t done and don’t have an ETA. Fortunately I do have Hyperoptic, but I’d like to have the option of using Openreach FTTC, not least because I’ve paid a share of the installation cost via my service charge.

  7. Avatar Bob

    WE should though now be looking to move to full fibre or at leasst getting fibre much nearer to the home still installing FTTC is now very forward looking. The UK is already being left behind again with less than 2% of homes getting FTTP and little sign of BT doing much on this front

  8. Avatar fastman

    biggest issue is getting fibre the last drop and that the expensive bit — actually quite a significant amount of FTTP now being deployed in new build and other areas and that on the increase and will continue — however little sign of any of the “”noisy” Service providers wanting to sell it !!!! but am I surprised

    • Avatar Shane

      Out of curiosity, why is it expensive?

      I hear all sorts about councils charge a fortune for the disruption or road digging etc..

  9. Avatar fastman

    shane that the bits that hard, blocked, disruptive and also Openreach owne up the NTE in the premises you have to ensure that every house was capable i’ve some premises have £4, 5000 excess Construction charges to get to the NTE in the House doe to block paving , granite Sets , ducts getting concreted in — all sorts on things

    Gigaclear only come the kerb – rest is your problem and your cost — how you might prove where a fault is if you DIY the bit between the kerb and you sounds like a minefield

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