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Derbyshire signs extension contract with BT
Tuesday 05 May 2015 10:16:37 by Andrew Ferguson

Derbyshire with its first generation superfast broadband contract was aiming for a target of 95% with access to a fibre based connection (which is likely to hit a 90% superfast figure), so for the more rural parts of the county the signing of the extension contract with BT is important. The new contract should see 95% superfast coverage delivered, but until the full details are released after the general election we won't know if the digitalderbyshire.org.uk if the desire to push to previously mentioned figures of 99% superfast will be on the table.

As 2015 edges closer to ending, questions over how the USC targets will be met will become more important, and while the 1.2% for Derbyshire looks small, for the 4,000 to 5,000 it affects it will be very important.

What we do know is the current level of coverage across the county, the City of Derby is provided for comparison in the table, but it is outside the scope of the current and future project.

thinkbroadband calculation of current fibre, superfast and new USO broadband coverage in Derbyshire and its Parliamentary Constituencies - 5th April 2015
Council Area % fibre based % superfast (>30 Mbps) % cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 5 Mbps (new USO) % Under 15 Mbps
Derbyshire County 83% 77% 15.9% 0% 1.2% 5.9% 12%
City of Derby Outside project scope 97.9% 96.8% 88.1% 0% 0.5% 1.6% 2.5%
Amber Valley 89.6% 83.8% 0.2% 0% 0.5% 2.9% 9.3%
Bolsover 88% 81.3% 16.6% 0% 1.1% 3.1% 7.4%
Chesterfield 92.3% 89.9% 22.1% 0% 0.3% 2.1% 4.1%
Derbyshire Dales 45% 37.4% 0% 0% 1.9% 23.6% 39.4%
Erewash 97.5% 96.7% 75.3% 0% 0.4% 0.9% 1.2%
High Peak 71.3% 66.4% 0% 0% 1.5% 7.2% 14.6%
Mid Derbyshire 89.1% 83.8% 50.1% 0% 0.6% 2% 5.7%
North East Derbyshire 85.7% 76.2% 0.7% 0% 1.5% 5% 14.2%
South Derbyshire 89.5% 79.9% 5.7% 0% 2.2% 6.7% 11.3%

The constituency level figures show clearly which parts of the county are in the need of the most work and that is the Dales and High Peak. This is made even more apparent when you consider 1 in 4 premises in the Dales are likely to be connecting at under 5 Mbps over a fixed line connection. One reason the Dales are so poorly served is that it is also geographically the largest areas of the county, which means every cabinet enabled serves fewer premises and FTTP would involve longer more costly fibre runs.

Comments

Posted by MarkOfThePeak about 1 year ago
As a resident of the peak I've been badgering anyone who'll listen about broadband access, Town's like Whaley Bridge and Chapel En Le Frith still don't have fibre. It's worse for people outside, smaller villages are often serviced by cabinets so far away I doubt they'll see any benefit of fibre.
Posted by MarkOfThePeak about 1 year ago
I'd note as well the numbers are fudged by Buxton, which has fibre, being the largest town in the Peak by far.
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