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The Myth – 100% Broadband Coverage

Posted: 15th Jun, 2006 By: MarkJ
It may not be anything new, yet The Guardian newspaper has today taken an interesting look at BT's ADSL coverage, concentrating on the areas (37 exchanges) where broadband may never be available:

Right now, 74 of BT's 5,591 exchanges still provide no form of ADSL; 37 of them, serving about 6,600 premises, have a date for when they'll be enabled - ranging from last month to September.

But BT has decided that the other 37 exchanges will not be enabled for ADSL; they are "unviable". The number of households affected is small, but the areas include places such as Selsted in Kent and a cluster of households in the E16 postcode - southeast of London City airport. (And the Outer Hebrides remain badly served.)

What is the plan for areas where BT or the Regional Development Agencies have not done something? To wait for BT to roll out its much-hyped 21st Century Network. This may see every exchange enabled for broadband; but another problem remains, which affects around 0.4% of households across the UK - ADSL is "distance limited". Its range varies according to cable thickness and other factors - the longer the line, the slower the speed of service possible. Of the 8 million premises that have applied for ADSL, around 32,000 have no service. (The line length put paid to the hopes of people in E16.)


The full piece can be read HERE.
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