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Thursday 10 October 2013 09:49:24 by Andrew Ferguson

While a lot of bits and bytes are being spent discussing the finer points of what people believe the BDUK projects will or will not deliver, the signing process continues. The latest area is Merseyside, with the £15.9 million project being a partnership between BT, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral councils.

The funding split is unusual as there appears to be no money from the councils, £5.46 million from the BDUK, £4.4m from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £6 million from BT. The aim is to bring fibre based broadband to 98% of Merseyside businesses and homes, building on the existing commercial roll-out in the area, which means an extra 43,000 premises connected to a fibre based network by the end of July 2016.

"Superfast broadband will help local businesses improve performance and create and safeguard jobs. It will provide a major boost to the Merseyside economy and the North West European Regional Development Fund programme is pleased to be supporting it financially"

Cllr Phil Davies, Merseyside Representative on the North West European Regional Development Fund Local Management Committee

The technology mix is the usual mainly FTTC, with some native FTTP, plus the FTTP on Demand option once its rolled out to more parts of the UK. The physical work to get people connected is expected to start in summer 2014 after the planning phases have got far enough to be relatively firm.

The press release does not appear to mention the fate of the 2% outside the fibre network area, which is a bit of a gift to the critics of the BDUK process who are complaining that the councils, BT and the BDUK are not doing enough to identify the worst served areas so that alternate solutions can be sought.

In terms of the speed people in the area should receive, if the 43,000 premises were all connected to a FTTC based solution and the cabinet line lengths match the national profile you arrive at:

Connection Speed %'age of premises Number of premises
80 Mbps 10% 4,300
65 Mbps 10% 4,300
45 Mbps 10% 4,300
38 Mbps 30% 12,900
30 Mbps 17.5% 7,525
24 Mbps 12.5% 5,375
15 Mbps 8% 3,440
< 15 Mbps 2% 860


Posted by vicdupreez over 3 years ago
And if they connect all 43000 premises with an actual fibre service (and not the usual stop gappery, just think of the headline... All premises in the area can now get Super-Silly-Fast Broadband at 2000Mbps. Most of you do not have a use for it, but for the ones that even know what that means, hey, Go us!!!
Posted by vicdupreez over 3 years ago
Ok, sillyness over. I have questions... If Broadband is (up to) 2Mbps, and Fast Broadband is (up to) 20Mbps, should Superfast Broadband not be (up to) 200Mbps? What is next... Super-Silly-Fast Broadband is mine!!! What do I want for the use of it... ummm... a fibre line straight to my commode :D...
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Fibre to the bathroom is not silly an idea
Posted by GMAN99 over 3 years ago
andrew out of interest the link to the cabinet line lengths and the table showing the speeds at 100, 200m and the Cumulative %'age of premises at this distance.

Where is that data from, I didn't think anyone knew how many properties were XXXm from their cab?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 3 years ago
add to the mix, if all the cabs are enabled? many that are not lucrative enough won't be? Also you find those near business estates aren't enabled to protect the revenue from leased lines. who is going to check up on all this? Once the area is classed as 'superfast' they enter the 'homes passed' statistics even though their cabinets are dead or too small to serve all the properties. (see ewhurst)
Posted by Somerset over 3 years ago
Not true about business parks, see coverage maps. Dead cabinets, where? And then additional ones are installed.
Posted by GMAN99 over 3 years ago
Two business parks within 10min walk from me both have fttc cabs
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