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Putting more fibre into the North East Somerset diet
Monday 20 January 2014 17:29:02 by Andrew Ferguson

People in rural areas of North East Somerset may soon start to see groups of people laying fibre ducting across the boundaries of fields. A community interest company that has raised an initial £150,000 to build a FTTP network has started to build its network with the first trench dug in the Newton St. Looe area.

The group operates under the name Wansdyke Telecom and the coverage in the Somerset Guardian suggests that the aim is to build a Gigabit FTTP network to eventually cover large parts of the area from Blagdon Lake in the west to Bath in the east in a 15 mile long and roughly 5 mile wide corridor which we estimate covers some some 14,000 properties if you exclude any properties in Bath.

The projects own website reveals the secret to how this and other community projects are able to proceed and install full fibre relatively cheaply and that is by negotiating free wayleave access to cross land rather than having to pay expensive wayleave fees, as well as utilising volunteer labour for as much work as possible.

The Bath and North East Somerset council had at one time dropped out of the BDUK process, but returned in time for the contract signing a year ago. The current deployments announced under that project do not overlap with the FTTP project, but only time will tell if there is to be any overlap.


Posted by timmay over 3 years ago
Nice another B4RN style community pullng together to build what big telcos fail to deliver.
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago

But I'll bet if those same farmers and landowners were approached by BT for wayleave access across the field they would want to charge BT and arm and a leg.
Posted by brandscill over 3 years ago
They probably would charge BT an arm and a leg but at the end of it all they'll be reaping huge profits and this community project likely won't.
Posted by UKNetizen over 3 years ago
Come on, how long have you been holding on to that fibre/diet pun for a headline? Yeesh!
Posted by WWWombat over 3 years ago
The wayleave rates agreed between the NFU and CLA for underground access network cabling amounts to £470 per km for E-side cables, £320 per km for D-side cable and £160 per km for drop-wire between DP and property.

There isn't a pre-negotiated rate for cable/fibre that belongs to the core network, nor is there an amount appropriate for point-to-point fibre that doesn't follow the E-side/D-side/drop-wire paradigm.
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