Skip Navigation

Haydon Wick in Swindon in campaign to get better broadband
Monday 07 April 2014 09:50:28 by Andrew Ferguson

The joy of the commercial roll-out for BT was that it was able to pick and choose where to invest its money, the same as Virgin Media and any other commercial operator. Alas as the main commercial roll-out is nearing its end virtually every area that will be covered under those terms has a Ready for Service date (RFS). Those who have missed out from the commercial programme and with no clear sign that the BDUK process is going to help them are starting to shout louder.

One area that has hit the headlines before is a new build estate that has been growing for some ten years and that is Haydon Wick in North Swindon. The area does have ADSL2+ but the main exchange has not been upgraded to provide wholesale access to superfast broadband. To try and force BT to change their mind there is a petition underway to convince BT there is enough commercial interest, to date this has attracted over 270 signatures on its way to an eventual goal of 1,000.

There are some interesting snippets in the Wiltshire press, particularly that BT believes the area serves some 1,200 homes. Our figures put the number of homes on the Haydon Wick exchange at over 6,000 and if all 17 cabinets were enabled 90% would get a superfast service and even with our fairly pessimistic estimates the slowest FTTC service would be 5 Mbps. There would be around 250 properties stuck on Exchange Only lines that would need extra work. Our bet is not that BT has the exchanges confused, but that the data in its planning database is out of date and needs updating.

BT has been known to get its estimates wrong before, with a handful of areas running successful campaigns to wake them up to commercial levels of demand. One option used to be NOW Wireless Broadband service, but the website appears to be not offering the service for sale anymore and is just exists as a portal for existing customers. The rest of Swindon already has an extensive Virgin Media coverage, so one has to wonder what demands Virgin Media made of the developer for the developer to not embrace the cable option, or why the developer has not directly approached Openreach.

The Wiltshire BDUK project has not announced anything about Haydon Wick yet and with the poor state of the maps for that project it is impossible to tell if this area of Swindow is in the scope of the project or not. This should please the rural campaigners who feel that the BDUK process is just bringing better broadband to those who can already get decent speeds.


Posted by michaels_perry over 3 years ago
The Hayden Wick development is in the Swindon Borough Council area and is not covered by any agreements made by Wiltshire Council - so the Wiltshire BDUK project is not relevant to this area. Both Swindon and Wiltshire Councils are Unitary Authorities and hence independent of each other.
It does give rise to some amusing claims though, such as one that Swindon is no longer in the traditional county of Wiltshire - it is but it is independently administered and politicians cannot see the difference!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Nothing stopping a UTA from being part of a BDUK project though, depends on the council itself.

Telford refused for a long time, but has now jumped on board.
Posted by WWWombat over 3 years ago

Swindon had a failed WiFi project; then pulled out of the Wiltshire/South Gloucester consortium for BDUK, and chose to go for a 4G project with NOW instead.

Is that another failure?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Have emailed them a question, but based on link I found in article looks like closed to new orders at least.
Posted by jumpmum over 3 years ago
There may be some boundary confusion between Blunsdon and Haydon Wick. The latter is a 'new' excahnge that only appeared about 10 years ago, made up from the edge of Blunsdon. You have spped tests that are FTTC north of westfield way that indicates some cabs have FTTC. (Upstream over 2Mb)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
That north of westfield result is actually on Blunsdon cabinet 15

Things are confusing as Haydon Wick exchange serves mainly Haydon and the to the east or orbital park.

Blunsdon serves some 10,000+ premises

The Haydon area that is the issue is much more the area still in building phase or was when I was last there.
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.