The first street cabinet with its fibre twin has gone live in Stranraer, West Scotland. The exchange serves from around 4,500 premises and looks to have a good number of street cabinets, with the majority being enabled by the Openreach commercial roll-out and just two from the Superfast Scotland project.
The cabinet that is accepting orders appears to be cabinet 9, which looks to be located here which is close to DB9 7BN which is now listed as able to order a 71.8 Mbps to 80 Mbps connection. We expect the rest of the commercial cabinets to go live between now and some date in May 2014. The BT press release gives no detail on what may be happening to the Exchange Only lines which appear to comprise around 500 around Charlotte Street which is close to the exchange. We estimate that around 3,100 lines will connect at 24 Mbps or faster, and we will chase BT to find out if there is anything in the pipeline for the exchange only lines.
The BT release re-iterates what we understand as the current aim for Scotland, which is for 85% to be able to order fibre based broadband by the end of 2015 rising to 95% for 2017. So for Stranraer the 2015 target can be met by skipping the exchange only lines, so it may be that across lots of Scotland exchange only lines are waiting till 2017.