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Better broadband now on its way to Lincolnshire
Wednesday 13 March 2013 11:12:03 by Andrew Ferguson

Residents and businesses in Lincolnshire that have missed out on better broadband through purely commercial roll-outs are now set to start seeing improvements to speeds and service availability.

Lincolnshire County Council has signed a contract with BT with the purpose of improving broadband across the county, the headline targets being that at least 88% of premises will have access to super-fast broadband by April 2016 and the aim is that everyone else will have access to at least a 2 Mbps service. The superfast services will be mainly FTTC based, though the option of fibre on demand (with attendant costs) will be available, some areas are expected to receive a native FTTP without the extra costs of fibre on demand. There is some wireless going into the mix, but we expect this to be focused on ensuring the 2 Mbps minimum speeds.

"It’s fantastic that for the first time, broadband will be available everywhere in Lincolnshire as the result of one of our largest super-fast broadband projects in the country. The UK already does more business online than any other European country, and widespread access to super-fast broadband will provide a tremendous boost to Lincolnshire’s local economy."

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey

The project will utilise £48m of public and private funding, with £18.8m from BT and £14.3m from the BDUK fund, the balance coming from the county and district authorities. The usual planning period will now start, with the first connections delivered by the project expected in January 2014. Existing commercial roll-out that has already been planned will of course still take place during 2013.

Early 2014 phase 1 roll-out for Better Broadband project in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Phase 1 Rollout
January 2014 to June 2014

Maps giving details of later phases available here
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The OnLincolnshire website already has a basic map showing what the post 2016 broadband landscape is expected to look like and a more detailed map is available via a PDF.

The 88% receiving superfast speeds, takes into account the varying performance of any FTTC based service, the percentage that should have access to a FTTC/P based service will be at least 94%. These figures imply that perhaps 6% of the cabinet to premise line lengths in Lincolnshire are such that VDSL2 will run at speeds below the critical 24 Mbps level, or expressed another way only around 6% of cabinet line lengths are longer than 1km.


Posted by SeanB84 over 4 years ago
The mapping is really useful and transparent.
Posted by ValueforMoney over 4 years ago
Subsidy on this one drops to £194 per premise past as per intervention area. Although like Cornwall, with those monies no reason why they should not reach deep into the nineties. Proper transparency on costs would permit full exchanges to be transitioned to fibre, perhaps it will come.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@ValueForMoney they are reaching into the 90's, but the performance of VDSL2 means only around 88% will count as superfast.
Posted by ValueforMoney over 4 years ago
@Andrew like Cornwall they will get further because the project is well funded, cabs at ELO exchanges, even more FTTP. The more audits done on the costs the better. AT&T rollout cost $300 per home connected in 2008 before VDSL per port costs dropped to $40. BDUK are subsiding on homes passed - no scrutiny and no competition, so there is lots to go at as Cornwall are showing. Overlay is cheap, cheap.
Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
The fly in the ointment for you is that the Cornwall contract predates BDUK, started with a fair number of bidders that gradually fell by the wayside when it bacame clear they'd have to invest their own money too. So the tender was competitive, was tested in the market before being awarded.

Quite right to look for value for us poor taxpayers, but your attention might be better direxcted towards the nightmare that is the "South Yorkshire Digital Region", which seems to have spent £100m+ of our money with very little to show for it.
Posted by ValueforMoney over 4 years ago
@New_Londoner Digital Region money is gone much to Openreach on ECCs and much more to Thales and others - disgrace, subsidies about £90k a cabinet from memory. BT even with zero scrutiny will do better.

Cornwall sets a useful benchmark for BDUK, solution and processes efficient and inefficient, audits are all critical. NI sets an even better benchmark for VDSL only.

Posted by ValueforMoney over 4 years ago
@New Londoner ..Stretching an extra 15% coverage over mostly granite in Cornwall(although less FTTP no doubt) does mean Cornwall is forcing and BT is getting used to ELO, overhead etc and its cheaper. Keep it going but let's make the audits public.
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