Good news for those living and working in parts of Leicestershire, particularly the Harborough District since FTTC services are coming to several exchanges in the area. This means mainly properties in Church Langton, Foxton, Smeeton Westerby, South Kilworth and parts of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt.
The contract for Leicestershire was signed in August 2013 and the council website states a goal of 96% with access to a fibre based broadband service, building on the expected 75% commercial coverage in the county. The percentage getting superfast broadband is harder to work out, with the project talking about an extra 54,000 getting superfast broadband, working on the presumption that there are 280,000 households in the county, the 54,000 figure equates to 19.3%, which when combined with the commercial coverage gives a superfast figure in the rough area of 89% to 95% (exact figure depends on FTTC speeds in the commercial areas).
Looking at our own data, if all the cabinets in the county were enabled for FTTC and no work carried out on Exchange only lines we get the following data for Leicestershire.
|Area||%'age at 30 Mbps or faster||%'age at 30 Mbps ignoring cable||%'age 2 Mbps or slower||%'age EO lines|
|City of Leicester||96%||88%||1.6%||6%|
Looking at the areas mentioned in the local press it seems to be three exchange areas, East Langton, Kibworth and Welford. On the East Langton exchange cabinets P1 and P2 look like they will be enabled, but P3 which covers just a handful of premises is not in the current plans. For Kibworth only P8 is not on the roll-out list at this time and is a very small cabinet again. Welford crosses the border into Northamptonshire and only cabinet P1 is slated to be part of the Leicestershire project, other cabinets will be enabled in the Northamptonshire scheme. No sign of any work on Exchange Only lines, though of course this may change in the future.
Our estimates of speeds versus line length are fairly pessimistic so the 2015 national goal of 90% at superfast speeds seems feasible in the county, and the 95% target for 2017 is already job done in Leicester City, and with some work on Exchange Only lines is achievable across the county.