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First 15,000 premises in the Shires to get better broadband
Thursday 21 March 2013 10:06:31 by Andrew Ferguson

The joint BDUK project between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire has a new name of Fastershire and has also announced the first areas that will benefit from the largely FTTC roll-out. Some 15,000 homes and businesses in Cinderford, Coleford, Drybrook, Longhope and Lydbrook will be the first to benefit, as the council moves towards an eventual goal of access to a superfast service for everyone who wants it by 2018.

A Fastershire website is now up and running, though we are not sure what the 130,400 premises so far counter on the site means, we presume it is referring to the number of premises that already have the option of a FTTC product across the two counties via the commercial Openreach roll-out and will increase as the Fastershire project proceeds.


Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Superfast Hobbits ?
Posted by tioschris over 4 years ago
Totally typical let's do Gloucestershire first, they always seem to do Herefordshire last!
Posted by spud_work over 4 years ago
2 exchanges of 5k residential premises, 1 with 2.5k and 1 with a pitiful 1.25k.

I'm connected to an exchange which serves 20,000 people with 8k residential premises and another 1.5k have just received planning permission (Which makes it significantly bigger than places such as Evesham or Tewkesbury that have both been enabled for a while) - so I am mightily peeved to be missing out for the foreseeable future (no BT or BDUK).

What happened to the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few?
Posted by ccxo over 4 years ago
@spud, They have to start in one area first and it will expand outwards, though usually they start in 2/3 places, the first exchanges are all together which is odd.

The shire project will eventually get to your exchange, its pretty large so it will be within the coverage figures, just have to wait as theirs alot to do in both counties.
Posted by alwall over 4 years ago
The focus appears to be on the Forest of Dean currently. However a major village (exchange SSCHN) with a population of over 11,261 has no plans for BT FTTC/P . Will this ever get FTTC ?
Posted by ccxo over 4 years ago
@ alwall most likely the village will see FTTC/P under the BUDK contract,it will just take time before its deployed.
Posted by spud_work over 4 years ago
Mine and Alwall's points are very similar, I can't believe that they've gone for smaller exchanges first, surely the best way to get some momentum here is to enable the largest exchanges first?

Is there going to be a final round of BT funded exchanges what would cover some of these bigger exchanges?
Posted by alwall over 4 years ago
@spud_work I suspect that there are some very influential lobbyists in the Forest of Dean. I remember press articles a year or two ago implying that their BB was little better than dial up !
Posted by ccxo over 4 years ago
@spud, the last commercial phase was announced by Openreach, they did mention they may add further exchanges.
The larger exchanges will be upgraded through the Shires project most likely, have you contacted the project team to ask why the forest of Dean is first and not multiple areas?
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