B4RN is celebrating the connection of 800 premises to its point to point FTTH network which offers symmetric Gigabit speeds. This is a doubling of the number of connected premises in the 15 months since 350 was declared in November 2013. Though if this was a BT led project there would be committee meetings with the BT CEO in stocks as the original phase 1 target was for 1,451 premises in 2012.
The project almost revels in the publicity that the talk of over build by the LCC/BT project creates and to that end if B4RN were to furnish us with a list of the postcodes they currently serve we could add it to our maps and also track to what extent the overlap with the gap funded BT/LCC project is.
Our speed test results show the extent of their network and the amount of work it will have taken to reach such diverse areas and while the project is delivering the fastest speeds in Lancashire the 800 locations are generally swamped by the over 700,000 premises in the rest of Lancashire with their ADSL, ADSL2+, cable and FTTC based services.
|Speeds test results January 2015 in Lancashire|
|Area||Mean Download||Upper Quartile Download||Mean Upload||Upper Quartile Upload|
|Blackburn with Darwen||21.3 Mbps||29.8 Mbps||3.5 Mbps||3.7 Mbps|
|Blackpool||26.6 Mbps||37 Mbps||3.8 Mbps||6 Mbps|
|Lancashire County||11.2 Mbps||19.9 Mbps||4 Mbps||5.3 Mbps|
|Lancaster District||21.8 Mbps||27.4 Mbps||5.9 Mbps||6.4 Mbps|
|Preston||20.8 Mbps||32.7 Mbps||3.1 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|West Lancashire District||15 Mbps||21.9 Mbps||3.6 Mbps||4.4 Mbps|