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Warwickshire UK Fibre Broadband Project Adds Property Level Coverage Map

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 (10:16 am) - Score 588
csw broadband property level broadband map

The CSW Broadband project with BT (Openreach), which aims to make “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) available to “nearly” 94% of premises Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry (England) by 2017, has launched a new coverage map with detail down to the level of individual properties.

Most Broadband Delivery UK projects tend to have fairly basic coverage maps, which only appear able to offer a very limited level of detail and some are almost akin to a kids colouring book. However the CSW project has decided to go much further and after a lot of effort they’ve produced a new fully zoom-able map, which can also be searched by postcode..

The new map goes right down to property level and shows not only which Waves of the project roll-out an area is in, but you can zoom right down to individual property level. At the lower level the data shows the status of each individual property (e.g. Superfast by 2019; Awaiting Funding; Basic Broadband; Under Review etc.). This helps people to see all of the information that the team holds.

The data itself comes from the local authority’s recent 2016 Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Consultations, as well as the known coverage for Contract 2 and the State Aid approved Contract 3 potential intervention area (Note: Gainshare from Contract 1 will also add around 3,500 extra premises by the end of 2018). However the map doesn’t name individual ISPs for specific areas because that is considered commercially sensitive information, although most of the coverage will still come via Openreach and Virgin Media etc.

As maps don’t suit everybody, there is now also a unique property database. This shows the information about individual addresses within a postcode: www.cswbroadband.org.uk/addresschecker. Good work.

The New CSW Broadband Map (scroll down on this page)
http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/your-area/broadband-checker/

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Mark Jackson
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3 Responses
  1. Avatar TomD

    SuperfastEssex have produced a property-level map from last month as well. Hardly worth the effort there’s so much wrong with it. It reveals how imprecise or outdated the information is with which the BDUK project is being supplied. There are some houses on the map with 3 connections: one in-scope (green), one being commercially delivered (red) and one in the middle not in plans (blue)! Basically it’s no more precise than the postcode one.

  2. Avatar Craski

    Lots of information but it isnt particularly easy to decipher and needs a bit of work on the usability/front end presenting the data to end users. A good effort though and they should be commended for at least trying to communicate such detail.

    As the article points out, some of the BDUK project coverage maps are useless at best. In my area, Digital Scotland has shown an approximately 60km2 area as “Accepting Orders” for several years now but the reality is somewhat different. Given there are only currently 11 FTTC cabinets in that 60km2 area and 9 of them are within a 6km2 area in the centre of the town the vast majority of that area has no fibre coverage yet is all shown as “Accepting Orders” on their map. Even a crude heat map centred on the FTTC cabinets would give a far more accurate representation of the coverage.

  3. Avatar Bob

    So if a property is shown as in scope and someone moves there relying on that information and the property is subsequently removed from the deployment for whatever reason… can the local authority be held accountable for any financial loss suffered?

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