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100th fibre cabinet goes live in Dorset BDUK project
Friday 09 January 2015 12:24:05 by Andrew Ferguson

The village of Martinstown in Dorset has joined the 21st century as the cabinet serving the village has gone live for a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service as part of the Dorset County Council/BT/BDUK project. The cabinet holds the distinction of being the 100th cabinet to go live via the project, also the cabinet in nearby Winterbourne Steepleton recently went live. Both villages are located just to the South West of Dorchester.

While the press release from BT is keen to highlight that more than 270,000 households and businesses in Dorset have access to fibre based broadband now, this is same figure as mentioned in an October 2014 release, and since then there are numerous cabinets that have gone live. For those following the numbers the 270,000 includes premises in the Poole and Bournemouth areas (commercial and BDUK funded), we estimate that fibre based availability in Bournemouth is currently around 90%, Poole 85% and the remainder of the county is running at around 67%.

Update 12:35 We chased over the figure and a less rounded figure of 275,000 has been provided by BT.

Update Monday 12th Jan To show how quickly things are changing, in the last week, coverage in the Poole area has increased by around 1% and 3% in Dorset County (excluding Bournemouth/Poole).

We look forward to seeing how Dorset tracks towards their eventual goal of making superfast broadband available to 95% of premises by the end of 2016. Clearly there is more work to do and the Dorset project website gives a rough idea of when areas will see work taking place.


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