Plans are always subject to change, but hopefully this first version of the roll-out plan for the BDUK/ERDF broadband project in Cumbria will not wander too far from the first version that has just been published.
The project aims to build on the commercial coverage of superfast broadband in Cumbria and push it to a final figure of 93% and the roll-out plan carries the promise that as exchange areas are enabled the website will update with percentage coverage information.
Tranche 1 - by 31st December 2013
Carlisle, Dalton-in-Furness, Maryport, Penrith, Ulverston and Workington
Tranche 2 - coming soon
Allonby, Bardsea, Barrow-in-Furness, Brampton, Cockermouth, Harrington, Hayton, Lazonby, Millom, Rockcliffe, Southwaite, Walney and Wetheral
Tranche 3 - Future Exchange
This third set will have the dates confirmed later on, the desk based evaluation has not completed and is yet to move into the detailed survey and design stage that is Tranche 2. For the list of exchanges see the full Connecting Cumbria roll-out document.
Tranche 4 - Under evaluation
This is the largest subset at this time and the exchanges are still being evaluated as to whether they are part of the Connecting Cumbria funded programme. It includes well known place names like Windermere, Keswick, Borrowdale, Kirkby Stephen.Version 1 Connecting Cumbria Anticipated Exchange Roll-out plan
New versions of the plan should appear every quarter, so those living or working in Cumbria should keep an eye on the Connecting Cumbria website. While the plan concentrates on exchange areas, there will be situations where some cabinets go live on an exchange some months before others, and with a final goal of 93% the most expensive to upgrade or least used cabinets, or some people with Exchange Only lines may miss out, or be left until late on in the programme.
While the roll-out plan is not written in stone, it does bring a degree of certainty so that those in the worst served areas can see if for example a satellite broadband service on a 12 month contract now makes sense until such time as a lower latency, faster land based service appears.
The original contract announcement included mention of some native FTTP (in addition to the rarer beast that is FTTP on Demand) hopefully there will a small fanfare when that area (or areas) is announced.
Carlisle and Penrith already offers FTTC in some areas, and this is confirmed as live as we have people with speed test results that fit the FTTC service profile and as is happening with the FTTC roll-out in Wales which started in Bangor hopefully we will be able to track the actual roll-out as opposed to the announcements.