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Full fibre on its way to 9,000 premises in and around Chipping Norton
Thursday 05 July 2012 13:45:23 by Andrew Ferguson

Residents of Chipping Norton may in the next year be able to boast of having some of the most future proof broadband services in the UK. Cotswolds Broadband is looking to deploy a full fibre (FTTP) service to some 9,000 homes in the Chipping Norton area of West Oxfordshire.

Cotswolds Broadband will be the infrastructure operator, allowing a variety of retail providers to offer their service over the network, with initially packages connecting at 40 Mbps and 100 Mbps. The project has some funding from the Rural Community Broadband Fund which is administered by DEFRA and the BDUK with the purpose of improving broadband in the more rural parts of the UK. The level of funding is thought to be around £1.5m.

"We believe our Community Investment programme will be of interest to those individuals and organisations based in West Oxfordshire who, like me, are frustrated by the lack of investment by telecom providers in rural areas which will negatively impact on our local economy. We collectively have to take control of our own connected future if we are to be competitive and to have our lives enhanced by all the benefits that next generation broadband will bring."

Hugo Pickering, CEO of Cotswolds Broadband,

We look forward to seeing the service roll-out and deliver services to people in the area, and if demand is good there is the possibility of the service expanding to cover more areas in the Cotswolds.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 4 years ago
Wowsers!
fantastic, Go Cotswolds Go.
Posted by Somerset over 4 years ago
Is £166/property funding enough?

Chipping Norton is on the FTTC list for next year.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
We do not know what the price to the end-user will be yet.

One assumes someone has done their sums, and found a way to do it.
Posted by KevG123 over 4 years ago
Some seriously wealthy people in and around Chipping Norton...

Not what you'd call your 'normal' rural community lol
Posted by c_j_ over 4 years ago
"Some seriously wealthy people in and around Chipping Norton..."

Not just wealthy. Some are powerful too.

The names Cameron, Coulson, and Brooks ("Chipping Norton set") come to mind.

Wasn't the first deployment of something called Broadband Extension Technology a year or so ago, to the home of the boss of some ISP whose name I forget, in that part of the world too?
Posted by Somerset over 4 years ago
His plan is to take advantage of fibre-optic cables already laid along the Cotswold Line by Network Rail.
Posted by themanstan over 4 years ago
Very similar to the Appleton and Eaton fibre roll-out in Oxon, another wealthy area.
Posted by nickkcin over 4 years ago
"Chipping Norton is on the FTTC list for next year." - expect to see that date change as BT try and head them off at the pass
Posted by hugop over 4 years ago
Andrew - the price to the end user is set by the market. Cotswolds Broadband wholesale to a range of ISPs.
Posted by hugop over 4 years ago
Somerset - the RCBF money is only one part of the funding model. The fact that Chipping Norton was recently announced for FTTC puts the surrounding area deeper into the digital divide and therefore makes it more hungry for FTTP services.
Posted by hugop over 4 years ago
KevG123 / c_j_ - the individuals mentioned don't necessarily define the rest of the community. Most of us just want faster infrastructure at affordable prices. If individuals wish to invest, all the better.
Posted by hugop over 4 years ago
themanstan11 - this project is dissimilar to Appleton & Eaton in that it is an open access network and there is no premium to customers for taking services. Also the threshold to providing services is much lower due to the combination of funding sources.
Posted by hugop over 4 years ago
nickkcin - Actually this complements what BT are doing in the area - they are interested in Chipping Norton itself whereas Cotswolds Broadband is aimed at the more rural areas. It's the final 10% that qualifies for RCBF funding.
Posted by themanstan over 4 years ago
hugop,

yes it is similar, wealthy rural areas get full fibre rollouts.
Hambleton Rutland = Wealthy = Full fibre, Appleton & Eaton = Wealthy = Full Fibre and Chipping Norton = Wealthy = Full Fibre.

I make no reference to the form of service subsequently provided.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
FTTM - Fibre to the Mansion

" it is an open access network " - I wonder if it will break the record of doom of this approach.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/4965-gigabit-fibre-for-50-000-homes-in-20-uk-regions.html

Fluidata have a system in place, that makes the wholesale/open side a lot easier.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
A brokerage can help, but doesn't completely address the issue unless ISPs that people have heard of sign up and move their customers over.

Open networks have a track record of failing to attract retailers and of leaving inadequate revenue for the infrastructure provider.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@herdwick, but as thats the mandate from on high, EU, UKGov then open they have to be if getting funding
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