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More areas of West Sussex named for broadband improvements
Tuesday 11 March 2014 17:51:54 by Andrew Ferguson

West Sussex has generally being fairly quiet with regards to the BDUK projects, but the phase one areas have been identified with seven communities earmarked as 'essential', i.e. Petworth, Graffham, Wisborough Green, Kirdford, Bury, Fittleworth and Billingshurst.

A good chunk of the area is covered by the fixed wireless service from Kijoma who operate in the area and have prices that start at £13.99 for an up to 30 Mbps service with a 5GB allowance. So any subsidised roll-out is going to cause upset, though looking at the speed tests that people are posting, the vast majority appear to be sticking with the mainstream names that appear on TV.

Looking at Billingshurst in more detail the area has already had some commercial FTTC rolled out, and if as we believe the other cabinets are all enabled for FTTC around 2,000 of the 2,900 premises on the exchange will get superfast speeds. There are around 230 properties that appear to be Exchange Only lines from what looks like a relatively new estate in the south west area of Billingshurst, and if a cabinet was located around the Barrow Close area, these homes could enjoy superfast speeds too. The pattern for other areas has often been that the slightly non-standard areas are missed out in the early phases, which is where communication from the County Council and BT representatives are important to manage expectations.

The best way to keep tabs on what is happening is often, which for example is currently showing ducting being installed on Marringdean Road, most likely to help with the linking of the fibre cabinet on that road.


Posted by brandscill over 3 years ago
Slinfold soon please!
Posted by jchamier over 3 years ago
Kijorma sounds great, but it is fairly pricey. With many families now using 100GB a month on average, that would cost £80/m with Kijorma, compared to say £30+phone (£45/m)for a Sky upto 40/10 service, or similar for a BT Infinity 2 FTTC. Many will say 100GB is "lots" but even the normally reticent AAISP now market their Home::1 plan at 100GB usage for £25/month (ADSL2+ price).

All wireless service providers (private like Kijorma, or mobile phone 4G/LTE services) don't have the wireless spectrum to match the usage ratios that fixed line providers have.
Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
To get the full picture in West Sussex it is necessary also to look at West Sussex CC highways roadworks info. We have 8 sets of roadworks in West Chiltington relating to all our 8 cabinets - 6 are listed on and 2 on the West Sussex CC site. Looking around the county this pattern is repeated in other locations.
Posted by brandscill over 3 years ago

Plus looking in this forum they have a fair amount of bad press
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