The fibre broadband roll-outs are extensive, but until we reach 100% coverage and every new build and flat conversion also comes with it pre-installed we will continue to find clusters like this in Winchester. The Andover Advertiser has a tale of plight for around 50 homes connected to cabinet 50 on the Winchester exchange is on the very western edge of Winchester.
While the half dozen or so postcodes can only get something in the range of 1 to 3.5 Mbps from ADSL2+, other homes within metres on a different (cab 20) can get FTTC at speeds of 35 Mbps to 70 Mbps and some can actually order ultrafast cable broadband from Virgin Media too.
At this point the blame game starts, hence the newspaper headline of people being held to ransom by BT who are quoting £30,000 for the cabinet to be enabled. The local authority suggests they premises may be covered by superfast extension projects which is aiming for 95% of homes by 2018. Of course the question the council will be asking itself and residents too is what could we do to encourage a commercial operator like Virgin Media that has announced a £3 billion expansion to extend its network and fill in around the edges of a city it has coverage in already.
In the short term the answer for those hamstring with slow ADSL2+ may be to look at 3G or 4G options, or make an arrangement to use a Wi-Fi link to a neighbour who has a good connection and share it.