We have a track record of covering the first cabinets going live in the various BDUK project areas, and the DCMS is celebrating the fact that by this Christmas the BDUK scheme will have allowed 200,000 premises to have access to a superfast broadband service. The 18th December is now known as Super Switch on Day, as today alone sees some 5,000 premises gaining the ability to order a FTTC service.
The pace of roll-out from the County level projects has been something many people have complained about, but it appears that the projects are scaling up, with the pace of 10,000 premises per week increasing to 25,000 during Spring 2014 and rising to 40,000 per week. This increase is made possible by the switching of Openreach staff and contractors from the commercial roll-out which is due to end in Spring 2014, along with more of the projects completing their initial planning phases.
The areas that make up this 5,000 premises, crack the champagne (Aldi £9.99 of course) open at the DCMS Christmas party celebrations are Wiltshire & South Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent & Medway, Cheshire, the Cotswolds and Shropshire. Norfolk has hit a milestone of some 17,000 premises able to benefit, Cumbria and Suffolk are at 10,000 each too.
The key job now is for the projects to ensure plenty of local publicity so that people order the service and can enjoy the benefits. Though with one week till Christmas it is unlikely anyone will get the service installed until the New Year and our advice to anyone thinking of rushing it is to consider how bored they would be if the install did not work and they were left with no broadband over the Christmas break.