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Superfast broadband map published for Essex
Thursday 26 September 2013 13:22:13 by Andrew Ferguson

While the headlines are all about everyone having to endure a two year delay for better broadband, in the real world there is more news on the roll-out pattern for a County. Essex County Council has released an initial modelling map, revealing which year various parts of the County should see improvements and the parts not expecting to see superfast speeds.

The map should hopefully be added in time to the Council's own mapping section on the Superfast Essex website. Hopefully the person filling in the colours will not colour in the coast off of Southminster and Foulness again.


Posted by chilting over 4 years ago
Looking at the map it seems to be good news for everybody apart from those living in the green areas [most of the land area]. Presumably they will just benefit by getting ADSL2+ with their copper, if they haven't got it already. Those living too far away from the exchange to benefit from ADSL2+ will get nothing.
Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
That's an awful lot of green for only 10% of properties!
Posted by ian72 over 4 years ago
Quote from the Essex page :
"Those areas not already provided with fibre broadband on a commercial basis will receive a minimum of 2MBps speed connections by that time."
Well will they learn that capitalisation matters - or are they really providing 16Mbps to all (very much doubt it).
Posted by brandscill over 4 years ago
10% is still a large number of properties
Posted by brandscill over 4 years ago
Looks like that 10% is all rural as well!
Posted by rscott over 4 years ago
Not quite sure how ECC have worked out this map. It was supposed to be based partly on the demand registered by users, but when you compare the planned rollout with the map of responses, there's not a great correlation.

Looks like I'm stuck with my ADSL (not even 2+ around here) for the foreseeable future.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
Most of the green areas are already served by altnets, especially long-distance wireless providers. Some of them even offer symmetric speeds and therefore are more useful than VDSL will ever be. VDSL simply is not a commercially viable technology for these areas.

In fact, if the crazy fibre-tax were removed, and and the wasteful donations of public money to BT, market forces and demand-driven competition would have brought better services into many more of these areas.
Posted by rscott over 4 years ago
JNeuhoff - some of the green might be, but certainly not most.
For example, there's nothing in the North East corner (Tendring District Council area).
The one available near Marks Tey is more expensive than VDSL (which is available in some of that area), is slower and has usage limits.

Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@rscott: There are a lot of places in the north east corner, e.g. Manningtree, Thorpe, Kirby, Clacton, Walton, Frinton, Dovercourt, Harwich being served by VDSL. Granted, copper VDSL is not ideal, but better than nothing for at least some.

Also, there is the County Broadband project (see e.g., or the Maldon based FibreWifi (see which reach into parts to the north east corner.

I found it all from a simple 1 minute Google search.
Posted by rscott over 4 years ago
That's the problem then - a 1 minute search. Do any digging at all beyond the marketing for the reality (I live & work in the area).

Half Manningtree is covered, several of the villages connected to that exchange aren't covered. Most of the smaller exchanges in the area (with 800-1200 lines) aren't VSDL enabled and won't be even under the ECC plan. Many aren't even 21CN enabled yet.
Posted by rscott over 4 years ago
County Broadband have no coverage in north east Essex. The Tendring site is 'coming soon' and has been for quite some time. £30 per month for 1Mb up ,8Mb down, possibly no public ip address?

Fibrewifi - no coverage in the north east beyond Colchester.

Plus wifi isn't an option in conservation areas or listed buildings, so no good for 1/3 of the village I live in.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@rscott: I must admit the map is somewhat misleading as for e.g. the VDSL coverage from Manningtree does not stretch all the way into the surrounding villages, nor to the A120. There is still a lot of work to do.

Your best option would be to get in touch with Tendring Council: Michelle Gordon <mgordon at>. The more people do that, the better the chances of achieving some results.

You might also find out from other companies like GigaClear or FibreWiFi how many users it would take for them to deploy a service.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 4 years ago
@rscott: Also, what amazes me there are several empty former MOD transmitter masts in the Tendring district, the local council even used to trial wireless internet from them some years ago. These would be ideal for a fixed wireless broadband service, especially since most of Tendring area is a flat country side.
Posted by rscott over 4 years ago
I've been in touch with Tendring about this several times (including Michelle), also been active in engaging our village with Superfast Essex. We had a public meeting with them, completed surveys etc but still omitted from the plans.

I'll contact Countybroadband and FibreWifi .
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