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Superfast South Yorkshire – 28 Areas Set to Get Ultrafast FTTP Broadband

Monday, March 13th, 2017 (1:01 am) - Score 2,041

The Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) programme with Openreach (BT) has confirmed that a total of 28 areas are planned to be connected via “ultrafast” Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology over the “coming months“, although many of those will be businesses.

At present the project is aiming to make faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services available to 97.9% of the region by the end of 2017 (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) and this is also being supported by a voucher scheme that’s helping to connect local businesses (here). Once completed the project should have extended its coverage to an additional 100,000 premises and they’re already about halfway through this.

As part of that some areas have also been lucky enough to get a 1Gbps capable FTTP connection installed, although a lot of the focus for this has been on reaching the local Enterprise Zone and key strategic business parks across the region. SFSY reports that the first area to benefit is Attercliffe in Sheffield, with premises along Brightside Lane able to access the service.

The project has now confirmed that a total of 28 areas are planned to be reached by FTTP in the coming months and some of these areas will include Capitol Park in Barnsley, Finningley, Kirk Sandall, Sheffield and Capital Park in Thorne. Sadly a full list of the locations has not been provided, although the SFSY’s coverage checker should have been updated to reflect the plan.

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Mark Jackson
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3 Responses
  1. Avatar CarlT says:

    Few things indicate how insanely rare FTTP is better than that a few limited areas getting it, funded mostly by the taxpayer, is news.

    1. Avatar NGA for all says:

      It should become less weird in time. To date it looks like of the 4.3m BDUK passed some 300k ish are FTTP – c7%, and within Phase 2 there is likely to be another 100k FTTP being planned. This is before the £325m Capital Deferral is put to work. The latter can grow substantially if the gap funding principal is enforced/reviewed.

      I am hoping the Ofcom WLA review which is due which will create some clarity on FTTP incentives. It should be beyond the wit of man to show BT investment. I think new PSTN connections translate into a means to recover £200 of costs. If this was tweaked to be £500 for an FTTP volume, what you rightly describe as weird becomes less so.

      At least it is showing it can be done and the costs will coming down as more is done. However the resource issue remains.

      Unusually, by not reporting on FTTP, BDUK are now under reporting their progress. If the gaming of costs and capital was put aside we would see more of the potential upside possible and plan for it.

      Sorry for the tumbleweed but each piece of FTTP needs saluting so more can be done.

  2. Avatar Jasse says:

    Good

    UNO can supply themselves a line, provided their number works in their database!

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