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First faster broadband project areas in East Sussex announced
Tuesday 15 October 2013 19:54:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Another County is progressing down its projects timeline, which means today sees the first nine areas of East Sussex that will benefit from the contract that was signed with BT back in May 2013. The nine areas are: Burwash, Etchingham, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Horam, Mayfield, Robertsbridge, Rotherfield and Rushlake Green​.

It is expected that the surveying will start in November with new fibre based services available in another six to nine months.

A PDF file has also been added to the Go East Sussex website. At this time apparently the council does not have accurate data at the postcode or premises level but is expecting to make this available as the project progresses.

"Is there a chance that despite the rollout of superfast broadband I may not get access to it?
The problems of some areas are so difficult for cost or technical reasons that they may not get superfast speeds. However, we believe that 96% of East Sussex premises will have access to superfast speeds (99% will get access to fibre broadband which means that even if speeds are not superfast, you will still notice a considerable improvement). Only a very small proportion of premises will get the universal service commitment (at least 2mbps).

Is my community one of the areas that will only get 2mbps?
Unlike other local authority projects we will be covering every exchange area. This means that it is very unlikely that whole areas or communities will miss out on significant speed uplifts. It is much more likely that individual premises or very small groups of premises will be in the “universal service commitment” category (at least 2 mbps).

Where are these premises?
We don’t yet know. This will only become definitely known as surveying and implementation completes and we just don’t have accurate data at the current time. Even in these cases the project is committed to delivering as much as it can – including using new technologies that may become available during the project’s lifetime if we are able to do so. We will keep the situation under close review."

FAQ for East Sussex Broadband Project

To hit the figure of 99% connected to a fibre based service this means that if you are currently on an Exchange Only line e.g. the streets closest to the exchange then it looks almost certain you will still get a FTTC based service. Those solitary properties on Exchange Only lines and a long way from the exchange by our own estimates are likely to be those in the final 1% for East Sussex. The difficult area is those clusters in between these two examples, and that is where a degree of faith and trust that the Council and BT will work towards hitting the 99% on a fibre based solution come into play.

With the complaints about lack of information on where the final 10% are located over the last few months the targets for East Sussex make it pretty clear, that these properties will be widely dispersed, but they should still see some improvements to meet the baseline 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment. Expansion by the fixed wireless provider Kijoma may give some areas of East Sussex another option outside of the council led project.


Posted by Aaron_01 over 3 years ago
Gutted, Hailsham won't be checked until 2015. Got a large estate here full of new homes and no fibre.
Posted by gerarda over 3 years ago
"99% will get access to fibre broadband which means that even if speeds are not superfast, you will still notice a considerable improvement"

What justification is there for this statement? From our experience being a long way from an cabinet if anything gives a slower service when its enabled not faster
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
Justification? BT told them.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago

Unless East Sussex has a very skewed spread of cabinet line lengths only around 2% will get less than 15 Meg

Posted by gerarda over 3 years ago
Andrew I have no doubt the first two columns in that table are correct in ideal conditions but where do ones in the third on come from? If they are BT supplied I suspect they suffer from the usual BT spin and greatly over estimate the coverage in rural areas.
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
It does again sadly need re-inforcing that the 'target' is 24mb (although of course now we have only to 'feel' like 15mb....) so why analyse the "2%", Andrew, since by your own table 1500m will not achieve MORE - even on that rare thing, a 'good line'? Your table shows "10%" will only achieve the bare 24mb which is the important bit.

gerarda - I cannot recall the source of this table but I suspect it is a bit cloud cuckoo.

Incidentally, East Sussex has beaten West Sussex (signed 15/5) to the announcement.
Posted by fastman over 3 years ago
Aaron_01 - depending when the homes were built and who the developer was there is a possibility that there was little or no data for the devlopment was done - who is the developer is there a postcode for the development
Posted by mikejp over 3 years ago
Not so - all supposed to be 'covered' by a BTOR 'survey' conducted in conjunction with the LA - who presumably know about the estate?

Yes, there will be a postcode.
Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
At least East Sussex CC seem to be progressing with their project and the projections look good. Here in West Sussex we are simply told to wait for any sort of announcement until next spring. This isn't much help when we are running on 1.25 meg here in West Chiltington. Incidentally we are not covered by Kijoma, their coverage map and the information on Sam is wrong.
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