Superfast Worcestershire has celebrated with 99 flake ice creams as they celebrated the opening of the fibre twin for cabinet 55 on Swinyard Road, the flake symbolic perhaps of the 99% fibre based broadband availability now across the town.
The majority of the cabinets in the town were enabled via the commercial roll-out, but the area around Swinyard Road was new build and probably did not exist during the original planning phases for the commercial roll-outs. Looking in detail at the area we believe that cabinet P50 is the only one not enabled that appears to serve an industrial estate, but the businesses may be getting FTTP.
So how does the 99% stand up to scrutiny, well pretty good actually, but the real question is how many can get superfast speeds and we have done the sums and believe a pessimistic set of figures is as follows:
This spread of speeds is only for fibre to the cabinet solutions, so the availability of ADSL and ADSL2+ may actually boost the coverage slightly down at the slowest speeds, since ADSL performs better over very long lines compared to VDSL2.
Update 3pm: For anyone in Malvern area particularly on cabinet 55, the reason that the checkers are saying not available currently (8th August) is because the standard issue of line cards is already full, i.e. in the two days since going live the number of orders has been high. More line cards will be added to the cabinet in the next couple of weeks.
To give some idea of the degree of change the roll-out (both commercial and gap-funded) has brought to the area the speed estimates for ADSL2+ were: 16% > 20 Mbps, 28% > 15 Mbps, 62% at over 10 Mbps, 83% at over 5 Mbps, 90% at over 2 Mbps and 10% under 2 Mbps.