Waiting for better broadband to arrive in your area is possibly more frustrating than waiting for a new gadget that you've ordered online but delivery is taking what seems forever. For some people waiting for faster broadband in Lancashire there is some good news, around 4,600 homes and businesses in Burscough, Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Great Eccleston, Scarisbrick and Hurst Green (Lancashire) will have access to Fibre to the Cabinet services for the first time.
Additional work will take place in Accrington, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Bamber Bridge, Higher Walton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Longridge, Nelson, Barrowford, Fence, Poulton and Staining to connect another 5,500 additional premises. This extra work we believe is enabling more cabinets on the exchanges mentioned.
This work comprises some 120 kilometres of fibre optic cable to connect up some 100 street cabinets. Obviously a lot more work will be needed to bring the coverage levels up to the target of 97% of premises having the ability to order a fibre optic connection of one type or another, and while there is bound to be lots of talk of speeds of 80 Mbps and 330 Mbps, people need to remember that for the cabinet based fibre solution only around 25% get faster than 65 Mbps. Based on information from other county projects, it is likely that over 90% will end up with a speed that qualifies as superfast broadband, though if you are someone annoyed at buffering when trying to watch Lovefilm on a 2 Mbps connection, any speed boost beyond 7 or 8 Mbps will be impressive.