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More fibre for Milton Keynes
Tuesday 20 December 2011 14:22:42 by Andrew Ferguson

Milton Keynes and in particular the Bradwell Abbey area looks set to benefit from the continuing roll-out of FTTP and FTTC Openreach products. BT has announced that expansion plans will mean 95% of homes and businesses in the Bradwell Abbey exchange area will be able to access the wholesale fibre products from Openreach.

The area has been a test bed for the fibre products, and as such has helped Openreach understand and train staff in provisioning the new products. The expansion will add around 20,000 properties to the superfast broadband coverage figures, some 9,600 will have full fibre (FTTP) which should be able to offer download speeds of 300 Mbps in 2012, and a further 10,700 will be served by the partial fibre (FTTC) product. FTTC currently offers up to 40 Mbps, but will in the New Year offer up to 80 Mbps as the maximum speed, the partial fibre products connection speed is dependent on the distance between the property and the green cabinet in the street.

"This latest major investment is a tremendous boost for Milton Keynes. Super-fast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout these areas because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services. And it’s also going to provide a huge fillip for businesses and these areas’ economy. At a stroke, small and medium sized firms will have access to big business speeds at much lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create new jobs.

Faster upstream speeds are a boon for flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance. Large graphic and video files can be sent immediately online instead of being physically delivered to customers on hard disk. And high quality voice and video calls will enable businesses to save time travelling to clients without losing direct customer contact."

John Weaver, BT South East regional director


Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
Surely this is breaking UK & EU competition law?

Are we seriously supoosed to belive that it is unviable to fully roll out FTTC in cities on a commercial basis?
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Not sure what you mean bob?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
How is it breaking competition law? BT is deciding to spend its own money where it sees fit. Note the lack of funding from the council or any other source.

Also Bradwell Abbey DOES NOT EQUAL a complete roll-out across Milton Keynes
Posted by The_Engineer over 5 years ago
Well I wish they would hurry up, as I am still waiting for my basic FTTC to be installed. Blocked ducts and further 3 month delays are not helping the issue. Bah Humbug, Bradville customer.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Bob competition law is where a company inteferes/prevents another company's/s' products/sales/etc...

None of that is happening here.

Based on what you're implying you'd have a case against VM and all other ISPs for not rolling out too... not just BT.
Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
We would be pleased with partial fibre in Tavistock.
Posted by Oldskoolraver over 5 years ago
Glad to hear that BT have finally got their act together in Milton Keynes. We've certainly been waiting long enough that's for sure! It's been two and half years since the big media fanfare following BT's announcement of the Milton Keynes FTTP trial. Since then most MK residents have been left in limbo on slow sub 2mb ADSL while we've seen neighbouring areas steadily upgraded to FTTC. This latest announcement is very good news for lots of people in MK, let's just hope that BT can deliver the goods.
Posted by isman1 over 5 years ago
Don't all get too excited they are only talking about the Bradwell Abbey exchange in this statement not the whole of Milton Keynes.
Posted by Oldskoolraver over 5 years ago
@isman1 true but Bradwell Abbey serves a very large area of MK (30,000 homes). Most of the outlying exchanges, Wolverton, Fenny Stratford, Newport Pagnell etc are already FTTC enabled and while FTTC might not be available to all homes on those exchanges it's certainly available to a large number and the roll out is ongoing. AFAIK that would leave Woburn Sands as the only MK exchange without FTTC/P.
Posted by The_Engineer over 5 years ago
Just looked at the BT wholesale availability checker. Really, really pee'd off. Now there is a date of 31st March 2012 for planned installation to be completed. 6/9/12 months after initial planning and announcement, depending how you look at it. What a bunch...
Now VF@H is closing and transferring their customers to Plusnet, maybe I'll get ADSL2+ enabled and double my line rate. Some hope...
Humbugs anybody?
Posted by colonelmad over 5 years ago
The goalpost for Infinity at MK13 7LQ (Heelands) has moved again to 31/03/2012
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
colonelmad is this a specifc cab or an exchange -- if specific cab then this is likle to be due to a planning / siting issue and uniless resolved cab will contually roll back if you PM i will take a look on friday
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
The engineer the average line time from annoucement to exchnage RFS is around 9 - 12 months -- not basd considering the size of the programme
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