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Another day another fibre cabinet goes live for in East Sussex
Friday 04 April 2014 16:59:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Hadlow Down has seen the speed boost from FTTC become reality rather than just a date on a calendar as the first of three cabinets has gone live on the exchange. Cabinet 1 is now live and taking orders.

The BT press release indicates that the cabinet serves some 220 homes and businesses and the other two cabinets should go live soon (these cabs serve premises in the area of postcodes TN22 4JE and TN22 4HS). Using our usual method for estimating coverage at superfast speeds (faster than 24 Mbps) the Hadlow Down exchange is one of the lower performing ones, with around 60% likely to get superfast type broadband speeds from FTTC.

While many will complain about the spending of public money to produce such a result, with speeds reported by people of 0.2 Mbps to 10 Mbps in the exchange area currently the increases will still be welcomed by many. In terms of the national aim 90% of households getting superfast broadband, it must be remembered that is a national target, so the areas like this get smoothed out by the overall statistics by those exchange areas that have much better concentrations near the cabinet.

The BT press release is available online and for residents of East Sussex the Go East Sussex website will cover the various roll-out updates.


Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
I guess that the coverage results from Hadlow Down will be mirrored across most rural exchanges in East and West Sussex. For most of the community this improvement will probably be sufficient but I think that we should be striving for more. FTTP would be the answer but it is simply to expensive to install. We need to look at other options such as vectoring and FTTRN.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Have been doing checks for various exchanges over the last few weeks, slows down speed that the news appears at.

Almost every area has been unique so far, but the small villages are often easily countered by better coverage in a few larger towns due to the number of properties involved.
Posted by otester over 3 years ago

FTTP is available already in FTTC enabled areas.
Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
Yes, but BT seem to only install it in rural areas when there is no other alternative. Coldwaltham on the Pulborough exchange is a good example. The village is 2 miles from the exchange and 1.5 miles from its cabinet. Fibre runs down the A29 within a few hundred yards of most of the houses. The houses are close together on a new estate.
Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
Amberley on the Bury exchange in West Sussex will only get a modest improvement on its current abysmal speeds. The new cabinet, due to be up and running in the summer, is nearly 1.5 miles from the village but unlike Coldwaltham BT would never attempt to install FTTP. The village is full of old houses and is a conservation area.
Posted by comnut over 3 years ago
so what are the 'other' companies doing in those areas?? :)
Posted by chilting over 3 years ago
Amberley is one of just a few small villages in West Sussex that Kijoma cover with their wireless network but I don't know how may customers they serve.
Apart from that we just have to rely on BT.
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