With all the excitement that arose due to the Prime Minister appearing at the official opening of the Gigaclear FTTP network in Northmoor last week it is perhaps only right that DEFRA should update its coverage figures of the RCBF scheme released earlier in August 2014.
The headline is that once project builds that are under way are included to provide 2014/2015 figures some 2,808 homes, 460 business premises and 1 other type of premise will have benefited. This is probably the sum total of what will be reported by DEFRA, since the 17 local authorities that got some extra money earlier in 2014 will include their figures in the larger BDUK roll-out where DCMS publish the overall figures.
|2013/2014 in year||2014/2015 in year|
|Community Project||Domestic premises||Business premises||Other Premises||Domestic premises||Business premises||Other Premises|
|Fell End (FTTP/H)||29||29||0||0||0||0|
|Northmoor & Bablockhythe (FTTP/H)||0||0||0||518||4||1|
|Tove Valley (5GHz WiFi)||0||0||0||423||173||0|
|Fibre GarDen (FTTP/H)||0||0||0||408||147||0|
|Total all projects||1,459||136||0||1,349||324||1|
The Gigaclear project in Northmoor and Bablockhythe we believe had £186,000 of funding via the RCBF and this was matched by Gigaclear to give a cost £718 per property passed, and as around 100 premises were not previously able to get broadband at all this will make a big difference to people and along with the other symmetric Gigabit coverage from Gigaclear present in the area this may make central Oxford look like the poor brother broadband wise.