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Londonderry looking to garner desire for ultrafast in the City
Monday 10 September 2012 10:46:32 by Andrew Ferguson

The additional £50m of funding announced in the last budget to try and create super connected cities is driving another wave of demand registration schemes.

Londonderry who famously was the first (and may still be the only city) to have all its BT street cabinets offering a FTTC service, is now looking to canvas support to back its entry for some of the Super-Connected City Plan funding. Alas some of the local press coverage may have confused the public, as they talk of demand for broadband and super fast broadband.

Londonderry has the superfast broadband sewn up, as the FTTC roll-out and presence of Virgin Media ensures this. The governments definition of ultra fast is actually 80 Mbps to 100 Mbps, and on that basis it could even be suggested that with Virgin Media in the city that the majority already have an ultra fast option, and even more so once Fibre on Demand appears in 2013.

The above comments actually apply to most cities, and thus raise the question, what is the £50m fund really for? Well from the plans that we have seen from the ten larger cities, many are linking the spending to urban regeneration schemes, to install dark-fibre access in specific areas of the city.

The site clearly talks of 80 to 100 Mbps speed, which is a shame, as with Gigabit services available commercially in parts of the UK, spending money to target slower speeds seems to suggest a lack of vision.


Posted by jtthedevil over 5 years ago
Really annoys me that 50 million would be better spent on those that have no/slow broadband, rather than give those in the city who have plenty, more. Derry is just the perfect example. Not only has the majority of the city have the availability of superfast, but they also have a choice of provider. I really can't see the point or need of faster speeds until the rest of society is allowed to catch up or join in.
Posted by MCM999 over 5 years ago
@jtthedevil There are many living in the centre of cities with no access to fast broadband, for example much of Rotherhithe in London and those many tens of thousands on long Exchange Only lines. Nor does living in a city bring a guarantee of access to VM.
Posted by Connectivityall over 5 years ago
The Gov rural project is now c£1.3bn, should be more than enough for 95% NGA (apart from H&I) should incumbent run open book on is costs.

The significance of the cities effort is that shouts for FTTP, a huge change in Gov policy if the EU guidelines stick on state aid.
Posted by jtthedevil over 5 years ago
Sorry MCM999, I was refering to Derry specifically when I said the city. Basically, you are agreeing that the not/slow spots should be targetted first, rather than waste government (our) money on giving those that have, more?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
What UK Gov rural project? The RCBF has just £20m allocated, and the BDUK funding will cover some rural areas, but also cover a lot of towns and villages that do not really fit the rural definitions
Posted by mike41 over 5 years ago
I'd have to agree with earlier posters that the money could have been better invested for those who have no or slow BB. Especially as no matter what the citizens of this city are given, it is never sufficient.

There, I've said it. By the way, I live here ...
Posted by Connectivityall over 5 years ago
Rural (not perfect def but) = area covered by c20k cabs + paths connected to Market 1 exchanges + the Rural elo exchanges. RCBF looks like a top up. c£1.3bn should mean a great deal more opportunity for FTTP.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
£1.3bn is NOT aimed at just Market 1 exchanges and rural areas. If it is then govermenet definition makes 34% of the UK rural.

Do the sums and the funding is around £150 to £200 per property, not fttp sized at all.
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