House prices in Deddington, which lies between Banbury and Oxford may soon be about to go up, as the village telephone exchange is set to become the first fibre only exchange as part of a pilot that in time will see fibre only exchanges becoming the standard.
"We are excited to be the first community in the UK to be piloting this latest innovation in telecommunications. Not only will our residents and businesses be able to take advantage of ultra-fast broadband speeds but Deddington is also helping pave the way for the services of the future"Councillor Jim Flux, Chairman of Deddington Parish Council
This means that the existing copper local loop will be removed and replaced with FTTP serving the 1,400 lines currently on the exchange. This means broadband speeds of 300 Mbps will be possible, though until more providers have announced their FTTP products it will be hard to say what exact speeds will be offered, a range of 40 Mbps to 300 Mbps at various price points is expected.
The launch of the Fibre Voice Access earlier in 2012, and the final guidelines on battery backup were preludes to the start of this pilot. The work to upgrade the infrastructure will start this Spring, with the ultra-fast services being available from 2013 onwards.
Update 11am: The full BT press release of the announcement is now available