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30 cabinets serving over 5,000 live in Rugeley
Wednesday 10 September 2014 09:31:16 by Andrew Ferguson

Rugeley in Staffordshire and the village of Colton (cabinet 18 on the Rugeley exchange) now have almost blanket coverage with a FTTC service after some 23 km of fibre optic cable was installed and 30 fibre cabinets stood.

The Rugeley exchange does have two more cabinets not offering FTTC presently (and a small proportion of Exchange Only lines), cabinet 13 is believed to be part of the Superfast Staffordshire project along with many of the other cabinets so should appear in time. The area has long standing widespread coverage from Virgin Media cable broadband which is reflected by the presence of speed test results on, so one presumes while the town had widespread coverage there was various streets which Virgin Media did not serve.

Looking at the median speed test results for the area, in the last 3 months we see an average of 49.3 Mbps download and 5.7 Mbps upload, if we take a longer term view over a nine month period the result was 28.5 Mbps and 2.6 Mbps upload. The boost in speeds being a mixture of cable upgrades and the fact that since June 2014 when cabinets started going live people are upgrading to the FTTC services available.

Colton is an area where the improvement is most marked, jumping from around 3 Mbps to results of 72 Mbps now and for the 250 homes and businesses in the village this is the result of 13 km of fibre to the fibre cabinet that now serves the village.


Posted by PhilCoates over 3 years ago
Andrew, as I have said before the TBB map with Virgin Media activated showed almost blanket coverage prior to the Superfast Staffordshire rollout. Rugeley was also in the BT commercial rollout.

Most of the Rugeley cabs are placed in areas where VM was already available.

The project lead tells me some overlap was 'inevitable' - It seems the EU State Aid rules mean little on the ground.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
Covered in the article, and the maps link lets people toggle layer to see for themselves.

Without checking street by street and house by house by hand its difficult to absolutely verify the VM coverage. Did VM declare the areas in the OMR?
Posted by PhilCoates over 3 years ago
Yes they did and the Council were fully aware of it. I literally saw a Superfast Staffordshire' sticker on a cabinet near where my secretary lives - she uses VM and has for years.

I understand the money is not enough, I cannot understand why it is being spent on over-build. The residents benefit as do BT but those without access just get further behind.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
If you can prove a cabinet area has FULL Virgin Media coverage then it becomes a big story and should not have been done with gap-funding.

If say 10 out of 200 on cabinet could not get VM cable and the council is only paying £2k of funding then maybe fair, i.e. proportional funding. In short without seeing the full books hard to be sure.
Posted by PhilCoates over 3 years ago
I know - I am mainly past caring! I suspect when I have more energy and the rollout is completed I will send an FOI in.
Posted by Blackmamba over 3 years ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
Remember the data speeds results are 91 days behind so add a few Megs when observing the averages..
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
What do you mean the results are 90 days behind?

The maps site updates over night with tests done the previous day.

The 90 day period in the news article refers to the any test in the 90 days up until Monday.
Posted by Blackmamba over 3 years ago
HI A/s
Please can you conferm that the speed data is dumped either 90 91 or 100 days after collection.
Posted by PhilCoates over 3 years ago
^ What is the matter with you? Andrew gives you an answer and you ask the same daft question again.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 3 years ago
The speed data is removed from the map AFTER 90 days, but it is not dumped we still have it available. The idea is to keep the maps showing recent data rather than speeds from a fixed 1 Mbps service from 2007 for example.

No data is thrown away, and is still fully available for our analysis runs we do.
Posted by Blackmamba over 3 years ago
Hi A/S. Thanks for yor reply it also is a good faulting tool on long lines at a set post code with duel access.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 3 years ago
The NAO report shows BT has permission to bill up to an average £47k subsidy per cab, and the figure is £80k+ when you include BT operational costs and their capital contribution.

Given 30 cabinets, and a generous 20% takeup from the potential 5000 premises served by these cabinets, that amounts to £2400 per VDSL line.

Surely quite a waste of money! They should have looked into some alternative solutions. The BDUK should be scrapped.
Posted by Blackmamba over 3 years ago
Hi Broadband Watchers
In Surrey the price is aprox £50k per (Cab 620 for 100 ties ) so take up the options that's a bargin for the economy for all ISP.
Posted by Blackmamba over 3 years ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
The ratio on the above is 40% BT and 60% SCC and the BT element is only 28% take up who is getting the best deal.
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