Residents of Ewelme in Oxfordshire should now be able to order a FTTC based broadband service and improve their broadband speeds. The village has the distinction of hosting the first fibre cabinet for the Oxfordshire BDUK project.
"This is an important step forward, and something I am really excited to be involved in. Broadband is now seen almost as a utility like water or electricity, yet there are areas where access is non-existent or far too slow. However, we are now seeing the first results of our work to bring better broadband to Oxfordshire with the switching on of this cabinet. High-speed access to the internet has never been more important whether you are a businessperson wishing to build your company, a student carrying out research or a householder accessing on-line shopping and entertainment. In today’s rapidly moving world, fast and sophisticated communications are absolutely vital. They are an essential part of future success."County Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council
The cabinet looks to be linked to PCP 7 located at the junction of the High Street and Parson's Lane in Ewelme. Our estimates suggest that 24 premises should connect at 60 Mbps or faster, another 59 at 40 Mbps and 34 at 30 Mbps or faster, which covers the premises obviously in Ewelme. The Shepherds Hut Pub at the west end of the High Street is likely to connect at over 24 Mbps but under 30 Mbps. There are other cabinets in the area serving the properties off Clay Lane and Beggarsbush Hill so hopefully these will be enabled shortly. This is where a little knowledge would be useful so we can figure out where the very edge of the reach of PCP 7 is.
Update Sunday 22nd December: With the help from people in the area we now know about the location of cabinets 5, 7 and 18 and our estimate is now that with all three cabinets offering FTTC, 159 premises are estimated to get 60 Mbps or faster, 301 at 40 Mbps or faster, 135 at 30 Mbps or faster and 73 at 24 Mbps or faster. There may be another 50 premises with slower speeds, but some of these may be served by other cabinets in the area. Part of the RAF Benson base has an Exchange Only arrangement which should be rearranged at a later date to allow a fibre based service.
Current data for the area suggests that the average speed is only 1.25 Mbps, so this is clearly a case of one of the slower broadband areas getting a significant upgrade.