Residents on the Isle of Dogs benefited when fibre to the cabinet came to the Poplar exchange area some time ago, but people in blocks of flats tended to miss out on the benefits. As part of a trial aimed at residents of high-rise developments Openreach is canvasing interest to install fibre to flats in the West India Quay, Canary Riverside and Port East areas.
Wharf.co.uk provides more details on the plan, and indicates Openreach are posting leaflets through letter boxes in the area. The timescale is fairly short, with the current plan to have fibre in place in March 2012.
The Poplar exchange is almost infamous as it has often ran out of capacity, with people waiting for someone to give up a broadband service so they can connect at the exchange, in addition to very long line lengths. The FTTC roll-out is apparently continuing, but those in high-rises look set to benefit from a full fibre connection to the flat, giving access to 100 Mbps now, rising to 300 Mbps in 2012, and scope for faster speeds in the future.
For those in the areas mentioned, who have not had the leaflet through their door visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/resident for an expression of interest form.