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Good news for Fibre GarDen
Friday 06 February 2015 11:31:55 by Andrew Ferguson

We covered the worries over Fibre GarDen the other day and an update from ITS Technology has confirmed that the plans for an alternative backhaul solution connecting in Sedbergh has led to the project area now being de-scoped from the much larger Connecting Cumbria project.

"It has been a challenging time, but the commitment of the investors and the fact that ITS Technology Group has found an alternative means to provide superfast backhaul means that we finally have all the pieces of the project in place, and in our control, which is very reassuring for all concerned."

Tony Roberts, Financial Director and Secretary of Fibre GarDen

The 64km fibre network will hopefully now start construction with the new plan being to start at the two extreme ends of the network and meet in the middle, which we suspect will mean the obligatory final fibre fuse being celebrated with tea and cakes as the five year journey completes.


Posted by ValueforMoney about 1 year ago
If BDUK Cumbria CC have paid for fibre into Sedbergh via BT, then the community extension clauses ought to kick in to support this community, if needed.
Good to see. I hope they report cost per connected customer.
I assume BT did not offer to replicate what they did in Fell End.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
£650,000 to serve 408 premises from previous news items
Posted by herdwick about 1 year ago
and that's per premises passed, so a minimum of £1600 per connected customer.
Posted by Garsdalian about 1 year ago
I think the 408 premises is just Dentdale, and the two dales of Garsdale & Dentdale come to around 550 premises. In addition as project evolves the number of premises will expand and economies of scale kick-in, so costs per premise reduce.
Additionally, community schemes get better take-up rates and particularly when the product is superior and lower cost.
Given this is a full FTTP to every premise, no matter how remote, this is a solution that will last so good value compared with all alternatives.
Posted by cyberdoyle about 1 year ago
Also you will find these people don't really have much broadband unless its with expensive slow satellites, so take up is always far greater in this final 10%. What is going to happen when the fTTC rollout is completed is that nobody will be able to bridge the digital divide that has grown even wider. That is why BT won't let the councils descope for altnets. FibreGarDen have done very well and worked very hard to get this funding. Good luck to them, and much success.
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