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ianvogler

Member
Good afternoon , We live in SW4 London , part of the street could be 40 house has no fiber option at all . Both BT and Virgin left out part of the street . But the local GP has just had fibre put in for which they dug up the pavement !
So it can be done BT have told us to go down the community fibre option , i have been knocking doors got some names . Anyone done this in a NON RURAL setting ? any idea if works and what i might cost ?
thanks

ian
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
The advantage of an urban setting is that there should be more homes and businesses that might be willing to chip in on the funding, the disadvantage is that road restrictions may attract more of a cost / delay, digging up pavements is expensive, and you can't harness rural gigabit vouchers.

So it can be done but I'd advise you to ask G.Network and Community Fibre if they'd have any interest in doing the area, since it's possible they might be able to do it for a lower cost than Openreach.

Meanwhile, the GP will have had a dedicated leased line installed, so that's a completely separate and private fibre and will thus have little impact on local FTTP deployment costs.
 

ianvogler

Member
thanks for this info , all the companies say in the future but no dates ! so far got 8 names for the Open Reach community thing
 

Darsh

Casual Member
If your DSL speeds are lower than 10Mbps down/1Mbps up, and mobile coverage is weak as well, you can try to go down the USO route - call and write to BT stating that you are eligible for the fibre under the USO agreement.
https://www.bt.com/broadband/USO


Darsh
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Assuming the USO is going to work as an option in London (unlikely but not impossible), it'd probably just end up covering the cost of a 4G router from EE/BT.
 

Darsh

Casual Member
In some cases, when the mobile coverage in the area is weak as well, BT agrees to put it down the USO route (after long writing to BT/OpenReach CEOs, and some pressure from local MP). We are in North London, our ADSL speeds are around 6Mbps. We are currently in the middle of this process, waiting for the FTTP work to start. The OpenReach checker for our area has also changed the message from "there's no fibre, and will never be" to "our fibre products aren't available for you yet, but we are starting to roll out our Ultrafast Full Fibre in your area."


Darsh
 
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