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By: MarkJ - 7 April, 2011 (11:33 AM)
BT UK superfast fibre optic broadband cable rolloutbt openreach logoBT Openreach, which was setup by BT and Ofcom to ensure that all rival broadband ISPs could have equality of access to the operators local UK network, has revealed the next set of 156 telephone exchanges (Phase 7 - Part 2) that will be able to receive its superfast 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) and 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises ( FTTP ) based internet access services.

The new list, which taken by itself would serve more than 1.5 million premises (homes and businesses), covers upgrades that are expected to be completed in the period that runs from September 2011 to December 2011; several have also been more generally targeted for an upgrade at some point by "the end of 2012".

David Campbell, Managing Director of Next Generation Access for BTOpenreach, said:

"Our fibre programme is well underway with more than four million premises now able to order a fibre-based broadband service from their chosen supplier. And today we’re announcing a new set of locations serving a further 1.5 million premises, many of which will be able to enjoy the benefits of super-fast upload and download speeds from as early as this Summer. We’ll continue to work closely with industry and local and devolved authorities around the country in deciding where to deploy the technology next."

This is also the first list to include the 10 exchange areas that won BT Retail's recent Race to Infinity competition / survey (here), which was part of BTOpenreach's wider CP Demand Driven Exchange Enablement Trial; where other ISPs also put forward several exchanges that they'd like to see enabled for superfast broadband.
Previous BT-FTTC/FTTP UK Exchange Rollout Updates
* March 2009 - 29 (FTTC) Exchanges
* July 2009 - 69 (FTTC) Exchanges
* January 2010 - 63 (FTTC) Exchanges
* March 2010 - 303 (FTTC) Exchanges
* September 2010 - 159 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* January 2011 - 41 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
BT's FTTC service delivers a fast fibre optic cable to the operators street level cabinets, while the remaining connection (between cabinets and homes) is done using VDSL2 (similar to current ADSL broadband but faster over short distances) through existing copper cable; FTTC will initially deliver speeds of up to 40Mbps (uploads should reach up to 10-15Mbps).

By contrast FTTP is a fully fibre optic connection where the cable is taken directly to your home, it can thus reach stable speeds of 100Mbps (30Mbps uploads) and faster but will only account for a smaller portion (2.5 million premises) of BT's overall deployment. All of the below exchanges will get FTTC and we've also marked those that will benefit from FTTP.
BT TELEPHONE EXCHANGE NAME - Location
ABERKENFIG - Wales Wales
AINSDALE - North West Merseyside
ASKERN - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
BALBY - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
BARNBY DUN - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
BARNSLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
BASCHURCH - Shropshire * FTTP
BASFORD - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
BEDLINGTON - North East Northumberland
BEDWORTH - West Midlands Warwickshire
BEWDLEY - West Midlands Hereford & Worcester
BIDDULPH - West Midlands Staffordshire
BIGGLESWADE - East of England Bedfordshire
BINGHAM - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
BINGLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
BIRCHWOOD - East Midlands Lincolnshire
BITTON - South West Avon
BLACKWOOD - Wales Wales
BLEWBURY - Oxfordshirt * FTTP
BLIDWORTH - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
BOLLINGTON - North West Cheshire
BOLTON - North West Greater Manchester
BRIGHTON PORTSLADE - South East East Sussex
BROADSTONE - South West Dorset
BROMBOROUGH - North West Merseyside
BUCKLEY - Wales Wales
BURLEY-IN-WHARFEDALE - West Yorkshire * FTTP
BURTON LATIMER - East Midlands Northamptonshire
CANNOCK - West Midlands Staffordshire
CANTLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
CAPEL - Surrey * FTTP
CARTERTON - South East Oxfordshire
CAXTON - Cambridgeshire * FTTP
CHAPEL BRAMPTON - East Midlands Northamptonshire
CHATTERIS - East of England Cambridgeshire
CHEADLE - West Midlands Staffordshire
CHELLASTON - East Midlands Derbyshire
CLITHEROE - North West Lancashire
CORBY - East Midlands Northamptonshire
COVENT GARDEN - London Greater London
COXHOE - North East Durham
CRANLEIGH - South East Surrey
CROOK - North East Durham
CROWNHILL - South West Devon
CUDWORTH - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
DARTON - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
DAWLEY - West Midlands Shropshire
DESBOROUGH - East Midlands Northamptonshire
DONALDSON - Scotland Scotland
DUDLEY HILL - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
DUNDEE BROUGHTY FERRY - Scotland Scotland
DUSTON - East Midlands Northamptonshire
EAGLESCLIFFE - North East Cleveland
EASTHAM - North West Cheshire
FENCEHOUSES - North East Durham
FERRYHILL - North East Durham
FILTON - South West Avon
FROME - South West Somerset
GATESHEAD - North East Tyne & Wear
GERRARD STREET - London Greater London
GLASGOW BUSBY - Scotland Scotland
GUISBOROUGH - North East Cleveland
HARROWDEN - East Midlands Northamptonshire
HARTBURN, CLEVELAND - North East Cleveland
HARTLEPOOL - North East Cleveland
HAXBY - Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire
HEYWOOD - North West Greater Manchester
IBSTOCK - East Midlands Leicestershire
ILKLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire
INNERLEITHEN - Borders * FTTP
JESMOND - North East Tyne & Wear
KEMPSTON - East of England Bedfordshire
KENFIG HIL -L Wales Wales
KENSINGTON GARDENS - London Greater London
KNOTTINGLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
LARK LANE - North West Merseyside
LETCHWORTH - East of England Hertfordshire
LEYLAND - North West Lancashire
LINDFIELD - West Sussex * FTTP
LINTHORPE - North East Cleveland
LLANRUMNEY - Wales Wales
LYTCHETT MINSTER - South West Dorset
MADINGLEY - Cambridgeshire * FTTP
MAESGLAS - Wales Wales
MALTON - Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire
MALVERN - West Midlands Hereford & Worcester
MARPLE - North West Greater Manchester
MARTON - North East Cleveland
MARTON - Warwickshire * FTTP
MEADOWFIELD - North East Durham
MELKSHAM - South West Wiltshire
MERCURY - North West Greater Manchester
MIDDLETON - North West Greater Manchester
MOSSLEY - North West Greater Manchester
MOTTRAM - North West Greater Manchester
MOULTON - East Midlands Northamptonshire
NAILSEA - South West Avon
NEW BRANCEPETH - North East Durham
NEW MILLS - East Midlands Derbyshire
NEWPORT CHARTIST - Wales Wales
NEWPORT, SHROPSHIRE - West Midlands Shropshire
NORMANTON - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
NORTH CARLTON - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
NOTTINGHAM ARCHER - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
OTLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire
PADGATE - North West Cheshire
PEARTREE - East Midlands Derbyshire
PENDLETON - North West Greater Manchester
PENKRIDGE - West Midlands Staffordshire
PETERBOROUGH WENTWORTH - East of England Cambridgeshire
PLUMTREE - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
PLYMPTON - South West Devon
PORTHCAWL - Wales Wales
PRESCOT - North West Merseyside
PRESTON - North West Lancashire
PRINCES RISBOROUGH - South East Buckinghamshire
RAUNDS - East Midlands Northamptonshire
ROTHLEY - East Midlands Leicestershire
SADDLEWORTH - North West Greater Manchester
SALTASH - South West Cornwall
SANDY - East of England Bedfordshire
SEACROFT - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
SEAHAM - North East Durham
SHAW - North West Greater Manchester
SHEPSHED - East Midlands Leicestershire
SHEPTON MALLET - South West Somerset
SHREWSBURY - Shropshire * FTTP
SKELMERSDALE - North West Lancashire
SLOANE - London Greater London
SOUTHBANK - London Greater London
SPENNYMOOR - North East Durham
STANLEY - North West Merseyside
STEPNEY - London Greater London
STIRCHLEY - West Midlands Shropshire
STIRLING - Scotland Scotland
STOCKPORT - North West Greater Manchester
STOTFOLD - East of England Bedfordshire
SUDBROOKE PARK - East Midlands Lincolnshire
THIRSK - Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire
TRING - East of England Hertfordshire
UNDERCLIFFE - Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire
UPHOLLAND - North West Lancashire
VERWOOD - South West Dorset
WARMINSTER - South West Wiltshire
WASHINGBOROUGH - East Midlands Lincolnshire
WELLINGBOROUGH - East Midlands Northamptonshire
WERRINGTON - East of England Cambridgeshire
WESTWOOD - East of England Cambridgeshire
WHITCHURCH - Hampshire * FTTP
WHITEHALL - London Greater London
WHITWELL - East Midlands Derbyshire
WIDE OPEN - North East Tyne & Wear
WINTERBOURNE - South West Avon
WOMBWELL - Yorkshire and The Humber South Yorkshire
WOODBOROUGH - East Midlands Nottinghamshire
WORPLESDON - South East Surrey
BT is currently spending £2.5bn on its roll-out of fibre optic based broadband services around the UK, which aims to reach 66% of premises by 2015 (40% in 2012). It's also interesting to note that practically all of the locations that won BT's Race to Infinity competition will benefit from BT's full fibre optic FTTP treatment as well as FTTC.

The Ewhurst and Surrey Hills Broadband (ESHB) campaign might also be interested to know that Cranleigh has been included (UK Rural Ewhurst and Surrey Hills Broadband Campaign Stands on a bt Knife Edge).
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