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Why Telford and Wrekin opted out of BDUK
Tuesday 26 November 2013 09:53:52 by Andrew Ferguson

Telford and Wrekin has been seen as a little odd over its decision to opt out of the BDUK project and not contribute any funding to the BDUK project for the County. This week also saw a local campaigner meet a cross-party group in the House of Commons to raise concerns that the project was only improving speeds in areas that were already fast enough.

Telford and Wrekin is not a place you would put at the forefront of broadband speeds in the UK, but with widespread Virgin Media coverage and extensive FTTC coverage combined with what looks to be good take-up the area features very good speeds.

Area Median Download Median Upload %'age < 2 Mbps %'age Superfast Fastest 10%
Telford and Wrekin 19.6 Mbps 1.8 Mbps 8.3% 37.2% > 69.9 Mbps
Rest of Shropshire 5.6 Mbps 0.6 Mbps 21.3% 7.5% > 23 Mbps

Looking at the initial areas announced by the project in Shropshire, only Minsterley has reasonable speeds of 10 to 16 Mbps due to vicinity of the telephone exchange. The other areas Montford Bridge, Montford, Bicton, Ford, Shrawardine, Pontesbury all seem to return speed test results in the 1 to 2 Mbps region.

The problem may simply be that people are seeing the roll-out start and with it being a FTTC based roll-out, there are exchanges that serve as fibre handover nodes, and these will not be located in the picture postcard rural hamlet; add to this the way fibre backbones are built i.e. radiate out from the major centres of population.

The majority of problems with the BDUK projects are that the reality of what the target coverage figures actually mean (93% coverage for superfast speeds in Shropshire). Essentially that there will be parts of each county that may not see major boosts in speed. The projects are playing the game where they hope to complete the major areas within budget in the hope they are do a better job in the most rural areas. Given the relative lack of funding for broadband compared to size of the task this is to be expected.


Posted by bartman007 over 3 years ago
Since Telford was the first place in the UK to get cable, the council have had and still has a cable infrastructure in their offices, they have turned down OR for planning permission because it does not benefit their communication systems sponsor, Riddly or Scott.
Posted by adslmax over 3 years ago
Telford & Wrekin Council doesn't care about customers want. Virgin Cable is not bad around Telford but I rather to have BT FTTC because of BT long term reliable broadband than cable. Also BT FTTC is lots cheaper than cable.
Posted by adslmax over 3 years ago
bartman007 I don't think Telford isn't the first in UK to have telewest broadband in early 1990's
Posted by bartman007 over 3 years ago
Broadband was not mentioned.
Posted by Dixinormous over 3 years ago
The first place in the UK to get cable was Hull. Rediffusion, 1929.
Posted by Nildy over 3 years ago
Telford & Wrekin always get the best services at the expense of Oswestry and Shrewsbury.
Oswestry is a big base for BT
Posted by pvfpvf over 3 years ago
Andrerw, Where do you get the above figures for premises %age less than 2Mbps from?
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