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Map for superfast broadband in Oxfordshire published
Friday 09 August 2013 10:30:23 by Andrew Ferguson

Oxfordshire County Council announced its contract to increase the roll-out of superfast broadband to 90% of the county last week, and give 2 Mbps or better to the remaining areas, now Cotswold Broadband has found the preliminary coverage map showing which areas should see a superfast broadband service and those parts of the county which will see slower speeds.

The white areas of the map which the council wording says should get speeds of between 2 Mbps and 24 Mbps by the end of 2015 are now those where alternate operators can focus on delivering their own superfast and faster solutions. The big question mark is whether the white (slowest) areas will be seeing just 2 to 3 Mbps from the council project, or will a decent number get speeds in the 5 to 10 Mbps range.

The big caveat and the same applies to all the broadband roll-outs across the UK, until people have gone out on the ground and verified conditions and access to power at a sensible cost and suitable location for new hardware plans are subject to change.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
The map does indeed say "indicative and should not be relied upon"
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
The map does say indicative, just wanted to repeat it to make sure its clear.
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago

I do hope it is not final.
I'm in a small area of white within a sea of blue(BDUK) and Black(Commercially already done).

So my 21CN exchange is going to be fibre enabled but the two local cabinets to me are not going to be.
Lovely.......
Posted by hugop over 3 years ago
A new higher resolution map is now available on the Better Broadband pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website (http://ickl.co/11QT9e9) along with an interesting funding comment on the FAQ pages they have updated stating 'The investment may be supplemented with contributions from our local authority partners.' We previously got wind of this from the District Councils who were approached to contribute to the plans run by the County Council, and it was not well received!
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
The map is also annotated 'End of 2015' when the BDUK scheme is pushing into 2017, so there may be improvements in the white bits to come.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Though there are confused messages on the 2015+ spending, as it may need new contracts and rebidding in an attempt to not be seen to give it to BT again.

And another round of match funding the councils may not have too.
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
".....as it may need new contracts and rebidding in an attempt to not be seen to give it to BT again."

Now that really would be something! Anyone willing to open a book on this?
Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
on it being tendered ? or BT winning the tender ?
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago
I notice that those areas which have plumped for a self pay solution from the likes of Gigaclear etc are not having any BDUK funds spent on them: quite right too

So despite what people on here say about how it should not affect those areas and how in future altnets are going to "increase competition" - in reality all that is happening is that subscribers in those areas are swapping one semi- monopoly supplier (BT plus various ISP's) for a total monopoly - the altnet....which is actually a reduction in competition.
Posted by themanstan over 3 years ago
strangely gigaclear's otmoor project is shown as white, yet theAppleton area project is shown as commercial fulfillment...
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
"on it being tendered ? or BT winning the tender ?" - as they say, if you have to ask...................
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