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Essex releases phase 1 broadband project postcodes
Thursday 03 July 2014 11:07:40 by Andrew Ferguson

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are not always successful, but someone has managed to get Essex County Council to release the 348 postcodes that comprise the first phase of the BDUK project in the county. This means we have been able to plot them on various maps along with the projected speed in Mbps for the postcode.

Calculated speeds for postcodes that form Phase 1 of the Superfast Essex project
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The first phase of the roll-out involves cabinets in the following areas (each link is a zoomed in image showing the specific area):

In these images to emphasis which postcodes are part of phase 1, we have not plotted the speeds from cabinets that already offer a FTTC based service. We believe that these sort of images reflect what the Public Accounts Committee is talking about when they want 7 digit postcode data released.

One town in Essex gets a further mention Brightlingsea, which is cursed with a lot of Exchange Only lines (around 18%), and while no firm commitments have been made the FOI information there are signs that cabinets will be part of a 2015 phase and that either new cabinets or FTTP is under consideration for the EO lines in the town.


Posted by timmay over 3 years ago
How are they BDUK, they are not rural.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Because if BDUK was really rural, there would be this 14% gap in coverage between commercial nationally and where the BDUK roll-outs were taking place.

The idea of BDUK projects being just rural is a myth. It is about extending the coverage to 90% superfast in the most economic way possible.
Posted by gerarda over 3 years ago
would suggest the BDUK rollout is about extending the coverage to 90% with the lowest possible investment by Openreach. In the absence of any meaningful competition other than VM it is they who decide what is “commercial” and given this is the same organisation that 10 years ago deemed ADSL was not viable without publicly funded demand generation schemes I think it can be assumed that the level of risk in their assessment of commercial is minimal and far lower than it would be in there was any competition .
Posted by JNeuhoff over 3 years ago
Hmm, there is a lot of overlapping with Virgin Media in the Colchester postcodes, in violation of BDUK / EU rules?
Posted by JNeuhoff over 3 years ago
Cehcking the I also noticed that in some Essex areas BT is actually building brand-new cabinets - purely for copper, not fibre/VDSL hybrids. Is this how Essex is trying to people to the 2mbps minumum in some of their BDUK areas?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
It is possible these are to deal with EO lines, it is not unusual for the new green street cabinet (PSTN) to go in first and the fibre twin arrive at a later date. Checkers in the mean time get updated to reflect presence of cabinet and exchange gains a cab number.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
On the overlaps, some overlap is allowed. How much would need to be challenged in EU court.

Without seeing accounts it is possible councils pay less gap funding on those cabinets in proportion to the overlap.
Posted by fastman over 3 years ago
marjority of these are to support Business park and industial areas and - none were EO all were exisiting PCP

all of these were white areas under OMR
Posted by fastman over 3 years ago
Jneuhoff -- where are they building new copper cabs - these would only be at entrances to new devlopement where developers only asking for copper lines --
Posted by JNeuhoff over 3 years ago
@fastman: Most of the Colchester areas (except maybe for the industrial estates) are already covered by Virgin Media, this includes Greenstead, and the residential areas in Lexden. As regards the industrial estates: With already existing cable ducts and the likely presence of fibre-backhaul the FTTC is both costly and a waste of money. IMHO the whole Essex BDUK prokect is a farce!
Posted by rscott over 3 years ago
I have to agree with JNeuhoff on this. The whole project has been a farce.
They organised public meetings to gain support for the project AFTER the coverage areas were agreed - but these meetings were in areas not covered by their plans...
A lot of the areas covered do have Virgin Media already. Many of the rural exchanges included are those which have multiple LLU operators and not those which don't even have 21CN
Posted by apayne90 over 3 years ago
This is a con as the plans for NW Essex show no improvement by 2016
Posted by pthomps over 3 years ago
I live in the Old Heath area of Colchester and have had 73Mb download speeds for at least 18 months now.. I live only a couple of hundred yards from the cabinet. And yes, as somebody else mentioned, Virgin Media is in the street too..
Posted by fastman over 3 years ago
pthomps fundamental difference yours is a commercial cab - Commerccial decision to deploy -- these cabs on the map are all BDUk -- BDUK cannot fund where area is not White -- if an operator is already in the area at a postcode level then no BDUK monies can be spent on it
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