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Staffordshire signs with BT to take fibre based services to 97% of county
Thursday 23 May 2013 11:22:56 by Andrew Ferguson

The contract signing machine at BT has been busy again, this time in Staffordshire where the latest BDUK contract has been signed, the headline aim being to extend fibre based broadband coverage from the current commercial levels to 97% of the premises in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (a total of 472,000 premises). The target of 97% coverage is due to met by Spring 2016.

"Staffordshire led the way in pioneering creative industries, so it is now fitting that the county is spearheading this dynamic partnership that will not only build on the county’s strong traditions but also, through the development of a high-speed communications infrastructure, harness economic growth that will herald a new era of creativity and prosperity for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire."

Bill Murphy, managing director, BT Next Generation Access

With the deployment following the usual mixture of mainly FTTC (partial fibre) and some FTTP (full fibre) there will of course be some in the 97% who will not get super fast speeds, at this time the estimate is that 95% will have access to a connection of 24 Mbps or faster. The other 2% getting something in the region of 2 Mbps to 24 Mbps depending on the distance to the Openreach green street cabinet.

For the 3% of other premises (around 15,000) the project will also work to ensure a connection that meets the Universal Service Commitment of 2 Mbps is available, but the 2 Mbps is seen as the minimum for these areas not the target speed.

The contract has a total value of £27.35 million, with £12.47 million from BT themselves and the remainder split equally between the local authority and the central BDUK funding.

The press release indicates that work will start immediately, but this still means that the first service delivery via the project is probably not going to happen until early in 2014.


Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
Wow - the first time we've seen a distinct breakdown of those connected to FTTC that won't get the SFBB speeds - the so-called "enhanced basic" speed.

2% seems a low number too.

Should we assume this effectively gives us the percentage of lines longer than distance X from the cabinets? (where X is the right distance for 25Mbps)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Not the first time, have seen it mentioned before, but you might have to look closely at release or ask the question to get the figure.

It may be low if the plan is to deploy strategic FTTP for some clusters on long D lines.
Posted by lockyatlrg over 4 years ago
Does this mean Burton on Trent might get decent broadband? hmm I doubt it, seems to be focused on SOT.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Why do you say focussed on Stoke-on-Trent?

They get a mention I presume as they are the city in the county, and was trying to show both rural and urban where currently outside commercial footprint will benefit.
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
Strategic FTTP on long D-side lines - certainly possible, and is probably the right strategy in time... but is it a thing we've heard of taking place in the timescales of the BDUK projects?

On the other hand, it is most likely to come on one of these projects that are aiming at targets in the high 90's. Surrey, for example.
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
Stoke is mentioned because the project is combined for Staffordshire CC and Stoke City Council, as they are two separate councils, not because Stoke just happens to be big.

But the state-aid maps in the Public Consultation for Staffordshire shows Burton to be a mostly "grey" area for both NGA and basic broadband - suggesting that someone is supplying, or is planning to, the town.

Does it get any form of fibre or cable today?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago has FTTC available in some areas. As actual TalkTalk, Sky and BT Infinity results are appearing.

There is also Kijoma fixed wireless results of 16 to 79 Mbps showing up.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@andrew: It seems your 'Exchange Locations' details and 'Estimated Speeds' on your '' are more than a year old, a lot has changed since then.
Posted by lockyatlrg over 4 years ago
Some parts of Burton have FTTC, but most don't and everyone on the outskirts can't get broadband or VERY slow.
Posted by Somerset over 4 years ago
@JNeuhoff - which exchange locations have changed?
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@Somerset: The data for e.g. EAMAN is at least a year behind. It has had FTTC for at least a year, and also has Sky/Easynet LLU added a while ago.

Posted by Tacitus over 4 years ago
@WWWombat: I understand from people who live in the area that *some* parts of Burton can get FTTC but many can't. Most of the surrounding areas are still on ADSL with no option.

People tell me that when it comes to Broadband, were it not for a local activist with support from a new MP keen to make his mark, Burton still would not have any FTTC or, most likely even 21CN/ADSL2
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