The waiting for broadband improvements for some 3,500 properties in Norfolk is coming to an end, with around 30 locations getting their improvements as part of the BDUK/Norfolk County Council/BT project that was signed in December 2012. The areas below should see new fibre broadband options available to order between July and September.
Baconsthorpe, Bayfield, Bodham, Broome, Costessey, Cringleford, Croxton, Ditchingham, East Beckham, Emneth, Gorleston
Great Yarmouth: South Denes Enterprise Zone, Yarmouth Business Park on Thamesfield Way, parts of the town to the east of Hall Quay, South Quay and North Quay and Southgates Road plus areas centred around the bus depot on Caister Road.
Gresham, Gressenhall, Hempstead, Hethersett, Holt
King’s Lynn: some areas of Bentinck Dock, north of Crossbank Road, south of Gayton Road, west of Railway and St James’ Roads and either side of John Kennedy Road.
Letheringsett, Little Thornage, Lower Bodham
Norwich: some areas west of Woodside Rd, south of Cantley Lane, either side of Cantley Lane South, west of Riverside Road, north of Queen’s Road and south of St Crispin’s Road.
Saxlingham, Scarning, South Wootton
Thetford: Mundford Road Trading Estate, Threxton Road Industrial Estate and some areas north of Norwich Road.
Thorpe End, Upper Sheringham, West BeckhamInitial list of areas for new fibre cabinets in Norfolk
We need to highlight that even if your area is mentioned there is no guarantee that your particular street cabinet will be upgraded in this initial phase, and that while the technology used can give those closest to the cabinet speeds of 76 Mbps, this speeds decreases to about 24 Mbps when 1km from the cabinet.
The Eastern Daily Press appears to be the main source for the site list, as the Better Broadband for Norfolk website itself has still to update.
The postcode areas that cover Norfolk appear in the bottom third of our recent analysis, and that story would be worse if we excluded places like Norwich and Great Yarmouth which have some Virgin Media and existing Openreach FTTC service coverage.
UPDATE 11th June 2013 A kind soul directed us to a page on BBfN that has a basic map if you scroll down to the bottom of the page. A text based list is also available. We wish that BT or the council's would be more open, for example releasing postcode data that people could then make available in various formats saving the council the cost of employing a web developer themselves.