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RFS dates released 18th March 2004
Friday 19 March 2004 08:40:00 by Andrew Ferguson

After missing a week, BT Wholesale has released a list of almost 90 Ready For Service (RFS) dates. In an ideal world BT Wholesale would need to be releasing almost 90 RFS dates every week to keep up with the rate exchanges are triggering at.

The majority of the RFS dates released this week are set for July 2004, but a few stretch right into 2005. There can be various reasons for why some exchanges have an RFS date so far away, often the delays arise because some exchanges have no existing fibre cable available and therefore new cable must be laid.

In view of the delays that some exchanges are experiencing in terms of how long between triggering and release of the RFS date, Donna Young made the following statement on the BT Wholesale broadband campaigners forum...

"Following my posting on Tuesday there's been fair amount of feedback asking when we would be releasing more RFS dates.

I'm sorry you've had to wait over recent weeks. I want to assure you that we do take responsibility for what has happened and we are addressing the resource and systems issues to deal with the backlog and avoid a repetition of the situation.

I'm pleased to say that today we can release 89 further dates which will be updated on the checker and websites shortly.

This won't be all the dates you're waiting for but the issues do differ from exchange to exchange and where the preliminary indications are very long lead times we are looking at ways to better the dates before making them public.

Our teams are working to re-establish a regular flow of RFS dates being released and we'll let you know soon when to expect updates - it should be a Thursday. We've also picked up on your feedback that if for some reason we can't release any dates on the expected day you'd like to know. If that is the case, and we will do all we can to avoid it happening, we'll tell you. "

Donna Young, General Manager, Broadband Britain, BT Wholesale

Exchanges with RFS on 26th May 2004

Newton Ferrers

Exchanges with RFS on 2nd June 2004

Athelstaneford

Exchanges with RFS on 7th July 2004

Abinger Dutton Diffeth Garlochhead Inkberrow
Killearn Long Stratton Newton Stewart Scartho
Tayport Winterton

Exchanges with RFS on 14th July 2004

Aberchirder Baillies Mills Ballachulish Bishampton
Blaenavon Bradley Chipping Crossgar
Darvel Duddington Fairlie Farndon
Furnace End Garsington Hamnvoe Hartfield
Inkpen Inverallochy Kemble Kings Cliffe
Llanferres Llanteg Long Sutton Lundin Links
Moelfre Much Marcle Newtonmore Shebbear
Sheering Tarves Welford Winsford
Wolvesnewton

Exchanges with RFS on 21st July 2004

Aldeby Baumber Bedlinog Beningbrough
Botwnnog Braunston Coddenham Combe Bissett
Copplestone Debenham Fishguard Fordham (Cambs)
Great Wenham Kilham Lacock Llanarmon
Llandeilo Newnham Bridge Newtonhill Old Rayne
Overstrand Rendham Resolven Rossett
Rufford Saint Germans Selkirk Tenbury Wells
Upsall Watlington (Norfold) West Harptree Westbury on Severn
Wye Yetminster

Exchanges with RFS on 28th July 2004

Hanbury

Exchanges with RFS on 8th September 2004

Ochiltree

Exchanges with RFS on 22nd September 2004

Gairloch

Exchanges with RFS on 13th October 2004

Chevington

Exchanges with RFS on 24th November 2004

Pennant

Exchanges with RFS on 12th January 2005

Peldon

Exchanges with RFS on 23rd February 2005

Golspie Monymusk

Exchanges with RFS on 23rd March 2005

Hatherleigh

Note: Those exchanges with an RFS date more than 150 days away will not have the date listed on the demand tracker until it is less than 150 days to go. This also means it will not be possible to place an advance order on that exchange until the date does appear.

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