Openreach is often criticised about not doing enough to upgrade the existing copper telephone network. Some evidence of the extent it will goto to improve its network when a need is identified can be read about at EDP 24.
14 homes in Drymere near Swaffham, Norfolk were suffering from very long telephone lines that put them out of reach of an ADSL service. Openreach has used 50 telegraph poles and new cabling with optimised routing to decrease the cable distance and we suspect used a thicker copper cable than normal which helps to reduce attenuation and increases the chances of ADSL working. The work started in July 2007 and was completed some three weeks ago.
Long telephone lines can be an issue in rural areas with regards to getting a stable broadband connection.
Because of the concentration of customers in this area that are served on a long line from the Swaffham Exchange, Openreach took the decision that it was viable from a business perspective to undertake this remedial work.BT spokesman Paul Hayward
The question now is whether this reflects a sea change inside Openreach and a greater willingness to do upgrade work to the copper local loop. There are plenty of small areas in the UK that suffer from lack of ADSL, but due to the relatively small number of phone lines in these areas the publicity and pressure to do anything is very small. The question now for those not able to get broadband, is how do you get Openreach to carry out similar work to what it has done in Norfolk in your area.