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Superfast Surrey adds more cabinets in Addlestone
Tuesday 08 April 2014 18:07:58 by Andrew Ferguson

The Superfast Surrey project has published a roll-out update giving a list of postcodes for the Addlestone area. We have checked on the live BT Wholesale checker and services are available to order on these postcodes, which appear to cover four cabinets on the Weybridge exchange, namely cabinets 43, 46, 55 and 60.

The Weybridge exchange demonstrates the difference between the more urban parts of the commercial and BDUK roll-out with the sleepy rural idylls that feature in every BDUK news item usually. If we allow for the cabinets that are not enabled at this time, we estimate superfast coverage is at 91% of premises on that exchange, and this is ignoring coverage from Virgin Media too. With the couple of cabinets that have live dates set for the end of May 2014 we can see coverage at over 24 Mbps rising to 92%, and if the remaining handful of cabinets on the exchange are enabled the Governments 2017 target of 95% with access to superfast broadband becomes reality.


Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
I'm going to be Mr Mega Pedantic here, just wondering if lines to long to support 24Mbps+ are accounted for?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Yes they were, as was Exchange Only.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
Cheers Andrew, Just to put this development in perspective, are there any numbers available?
i.e. How many premises/lines in total and how many cannot get?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
In the order of 17,000 premises, varies according to whose premises per postcode you take, and edge cases where postcodes split over two exchanges.

Hence why I qualify with the words estimate, and believe BT estimate will be even higher as our range figures tend to match their 'impacted' speed.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
So we're talking about numbers like this.
(Solely BTWholesale availability)
Today approximately 1530 premises can't get 24Mbps
By end of May that's reduced to 1360
By end of deployment 2017 then only 850 cannot get.
I know this is just a calculator exercise but I think the numbers are important.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Off top of my head yes something like that, but remember it is not 0 or 24 Mbps there will be people getting 17 Mbps and happy with that for a few years and that there is Virgin Media coverage so some will have 50 to 152 Mbps as an option via them.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
Sorry, yes, I could have been clearer, less than 24Mbps/greater than 24Mbps is obviously the main split, I wonder is there a small number who can't get anything.
Dare I ask, how difficult is it to map/check virgin media coverage?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Not impossible and have done so for larger areas, but so many things to do and so little time.

In terms of people getting nothing you also have to remember ADSL/ADSL2+ will still be available.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
Maybe the actual number of lines that cannot support any type of dsl connection is so small it's not worth thinking about.
Posted by mprewett over 3 years ago
Unfortunately in some parts of Surrey, namely Bagshot, some cabinets fell off the commercial roll out, but not taken over by superfast surrey. A few are off the radar yet have the same density of subscribers by looking at the postcodes.
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