Another cabinet has gone live with the gap funding from the BDUK fund and this time it is cabinet 11 on the Shefford exchange actually located in Stanford (existing cabinet on Google maps) and the local press was there to picture various people contained within a barrier.
The Stanford cabinet is the latest on a long list of commercially deployed cabinets on the Shefford exchange, with cabinets 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 26 all live offering FTTC. Cabinet 2 was part of the commercial program but has been delayed until March 2015 according to the checker. Cabinets 15, 22 and 25 appear to include postcodes deemed as having superfast access already according to the Central Bedfordshire postcode checker. Cabinet 16 appears to have the short straw with just basic coverage currently that may be reviewed under the 2015 to 2017 project. Oddly the exchange has no cabinet 21 and no plans at present for the small number of Exchange Only lines.
Looking at the much wider picture with our usual estimate of coverage we get the following figures for the three authorities in the scope of the project.
|thinkbroadband.com estimate of superfast coverage in Central Bedfordshire BDUK project 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 Unitary Authorities||86.4%||88.9%||38.8%||6.5%||3.8%|
|Bedford Unitary Authority||87.9%||90.4%||67.1%||8.3%||3.3%|
|Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority||88.8%||91.1%||60.8%||6.7%||2.9%|
Once more the calculations suggest that the project stands a good chance of meeting its 90% of premises having access to a superfast service when that definition is 24 Mbps or faster.
Milton Keynes of course does have various clusters of FTTP from Openreach, and we will in time factor these into further calculations along with which actual cabinets are providing a FTTC service so we can assess when projects declare completion whether the figures in the press releases stand up to scrutiny.