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Connecting Cheshire project given green light
Wednesday 26 September 2012 17:52:23 by Andrew Ferguson

While there has been a spate of local authority/BDUK project announcements recently, not all the projects are at the same stage. Connecting Cheshire which is a partnership of the councils in the Cheshire area has just announced approval from the BDUK to move towards the next stage which is 'pre-procurement'.

The joint project between Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council was allocated £3,240,000 by the BDUK, and the councils plan to match this, but are also seeking to obtain some £15m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with the remaining money for the estimated cost for the project of £39m coming from the commercial partner, which will be a fight between BT and Fujitsu.

The aim for the project is at this time to exceed the 90% target for superfast coverage and with some 17% of homes and businesses in the area currently getting speeds of 2 Mbps or less, then this should see significant improvements for many, and hopefully a minimum of 2 Mbps for everyone. Their latest press release suggests that if the project raises £40m that superfast coverage of 100% is possible for the area.

The current timeline suggests that we can expect to learn which company wins the contract in April 2013, which will leave just two years to plan and deliver the service.


Posted by JHo1 over 4 years ago
Good news / bad news. The good news is the tick in the box, the bad news is no supplier appointed until April next year.

CC announced only in June that a supplier would be appointed in July. Or by the end of the year. The announcement was ambiguous. Now it's going to be 6 months before they even announce a supplier, let alone start.

Given the supposed financial benefits upon which all of these schemes are predicated such delays are costing millions or billions. The sound of money pouring down the drain is deafening. :-(
Posted by Spectre_01 over 4 years ago
... if you believe the hype.
Posted by leexgx over 4 years ago
at least in the next 1-3 years i have FTTC in warrington at last (doing the smaller surrounding exchanges first but not us, guess its due to VM cable is basically full coverage in Warrington as long as its not an new housing estate), if Virgin do not fix there issues with over subscribing lost will switch (considering just getting an BT line so i can get ADSL(1mb<) so i can play online games and watch youtube between 6-midnight)
Posted by leexgx over 4 years ago
"lots" will switch to sky maybe talktalk or just BT FTTC services, due to Poor QOS, if VM do not bring the fiber to the street cabs

VM gotatleast an yearnow to fix the over subscribed upstream areas
Posted by kingbiscit over 4 years ago
I am one of the unlucky people living on a new estate in Warrington - Winwick. We get less than 1Mb ADSL speeds and have no cable. Luckily VISPA have come to our rescue and I'm now getting between 30-40Mbit.

Just great how a small company has come in and done what BT said was not possible without first huge investment. It looks like its been a big success, walking round Winwick park a huge percentage are now using Vispa.

Posted by leexgx over 4 years ago
once to many are on it you wish you never recommended it to other's (wireless can only take so much before it turns into virgin media)
Posted by Bob_s2 over 4 years ago
Wireless at the frequencies used has ample bandwidth. If in the unlikely case conjestion occure you reduce the cell size
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
"Reducing cell size" is a solution, but not without cost. If you want a cell half the size, you need 6x as many cell sites. Each must run at reduced power levels, and this can cause problems with coverage - creating more wireless not-spots. Frequency & coverage planning can be a pretty intensive activity.

The changes may be restricted to the network side alone in networks like the current GSM and 3G networks, but not in the the fixed broadband providers like Vispa. The antenna bolted to your house is directional - and therefore requires a fixed location for the network site.
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago

If you start adding extra network sites, you find you need to go and re-align 80% of your customers' antennae. That makes changes pretty expensive.

Wireless is a good solution, but capacity *does* have to be carefully managed.
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