The CSW Broadband project which encompasses Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has announced the next locations where superfast broadband will be arriving as part of the roll-out across the area which has the aim of getting a superfast service to 91% of properties (93% connected to a fibre based solution).
The areas where the change will be most appreciated are those to see faster services for the first time and these are: Curdworth, Harbury, Hurley, Kineton and Newton Regis, some premises in Coleshill, Southam and Wellesbourne should also get access to a FTTC service for the first time.
Doing some digging around we believe that the real news is that cabinets 1 and 2 in Curdworth, cabs 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Harbury, cabs 1 through to 9 in Hurley, cabs 1 to 5 in Kineton and Newton Regis cabinets 1 and 2 are all lined up for upgrades. Snitterfield has also seen good progress since the first cabinet was enabled, with the service now live on three cabinets and a plans for enabling a fourth cabinet (cab 4) are underway. Of course there is the caveat that not all cabinets go live at the same time, and plans can be delayed so don't count on anything until the service is available to order. The 12 month plan which lists the cabinet numbers we have given along with the other infill areas is on the CSW website.
The official news is also that there will be some infill in Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Stratford-upon-Avon which means those who missed out from the commercial roll-out may see the service finally arrive. The project has to date delivered some forty cabinets and clearly has a lot more to go to bring superfast services to the 40,000 premises on top of the existing commercial roll-outs.
"The project is currently ahead of schedule and many of our residents and businesses are now able to connect to the fibre network and really benefit from improved communications. This makes a real difference to the quality of life for so many people as it reduces the need to travel and makes everyday tasks such as Internet banking, ordering prescriptions on-line and working from home a reality rather than a dream. We are doing our best to extend the reach of the network and hope to make further announcements in the near future."Councillor Alan Cockburn, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council
Given we published the figures for Devon and Somerset earlier it would be unfair to not do the same for the CSW Broadband project, and the combined result for the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire project is interesting and suggests delivering on the contract promise of 91% at superfast speeds is achievable.
|thinkbroadband.com estimate of superfast coverage in CSW Broadband area, based on the assumption every green street cabinet offers FTTC and/or cable broadband.|
|Authority||% at 30 Mbps or faster||% at 24 Mbps or faster||% cable present||% Exchange Only lines||% needing extra USC help|
|Combined CSW Broadband||89.5%||91.5%||58%||2.8%||3%|
|Solihull Metropolitan District||94%||95%||73%||1.4%||1%|