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Gigabit fibre free if you are quick in the Bournemouth area
Thursday 24 November 2011 13:33:24 by Andrew Ferguson

How does six months free fibre broadband sound? Well if you live in Bournemouth and specifically postcodes BH10 and BH11 and are in the first 250 households to apply then you may get a place on a six month free trial via Fibreband.

"We promised the residents and businesses of Bournemouth that we would complete the unfinished work from our predecessors, a commitment which we have kept. It's imperative to City Fibre that we manage this network responsibly. We are really pleased to be now moving onto the next stage and that our first service provider partner Fibreband are launching their services."

Mark Collins, CCO at CityFibre

CityFibre passes some 24,000 homes in Bournemouth, and plans for further roll-out in 2012. The network is full fibre to the home, and offers symmetric speeds from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps), with the 250 triallists getting access to the full service.

Hopefully like the original ADSL trials in 2000, the trial will be over subscribed, and with advertising on national TV for the various other superfast broadband services more prevalent, residents in Bournemouth may be more receptive to the idea of a fibre based service.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
You don't know what you don't know. Not many know how good it is going to be. I hope lots try it and see how good a superb service is and enjoy it. That is the best way to sell a product. Peer 2 Peer will do the job.
Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
I'd like to know how this passes 24,000 residents as that puts it at 1:6 PEOPLE and this mob are unheard of out of a small area, bh11 and 12, which are 1/4 industrial and shopping estate.
Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
Typically their checker returns a message that there are no plans to offer the service in the BH11 or 12 codes.

Deja vu and again it seems the IT press are swallowing it, or regurgitating it.
When it finds its way out of a tiny area of suburbia and seems to pass 24000 HOMES that are very hard to find, then we'll be onto something.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Doomed if you do, and doomed if you don't.

So who is going to figure out which postcodes in BH10 and BH11 can get it?
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Some postcodes here -

BH11 8AQ says: We're looking to connect you're area soon. We won't be able to offer you a free trial, but please submit your details so that we can notify you when the service becomes available in your area.

BH11 9AE and others say: Our service is being deployed to Bournemouth and certain surrounding areas. At present there are no plans to connect your postcode.
Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
Sure, I appreciate we are doomed all ways in some respect, but lets face it, this project has come far short of delivering anything like their PR, which has had more success on the racing circuit.

Passes 24000 homes seems like a very far stretched statistic for a population of only 165,000 people. I'd like to see the definition of what passing means before I call it an outright lie, but it would be nice if someone did some leg work beforehand to actually give the story some credence this time.

Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
"In Bournemouth, CityFibre owns the largest FTTH project in the UK. With over 24,000 homes ready for service by 2012, the network enables service providers to deliver unprecedented superfast broadband with speeds of up to 1GBps"

By their own website, they have a little over a month to go live with 24000 homes.

It's not in the sewer anymore and it still stinks.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Same definition most likely as Virgin Media use, i.e. the network with the option to say you want it and connect onto it is there, with the final few metres done at connection time.

In now way does it mean they have fibre terminated inside 24,000 properties.
Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
No, sure, but there is no evidence of a network here at all. I'd be surpised if it was an option for 24 streets.

Remember, they were stopped from putting it into the sewers, so how is the network getting around the town now. They stopped work ages ago and the network wasn't more than a few streets then. How has it appeared overnight?
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