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West Sussex signs extension contract with BT
Tuesday 30 June 2015 12:53:38 by Andrew Ferguson

BT and West Sussex County Council have apparently signed their Superfast Broadband extension programme and with £3.75 million of public money and £500,000 from BT the aim is to deliver superfast broadband to an extra 3,000 premises.

As ISPreview notes the 3,000 does look small, particularly when you consider the stated goal of the current project is 90% superfast and with well over 300,000 premises in the county, the gap between 90% and 95% is more like 15,000 premises. Of course it is possible that the county is expecting the phase 1 project to actually deliver a higher then expected coverage of 94% superfast from the 98% fibre based coverage (the use of 24 Mbps in the original and this contract too may help).

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast and Cable Broadband Coverage in West Sussex and its constituent Constituencies - 29th June 2015
As usual we are sticking to our 30 Mbps definition of superfast broadband
In order of descending fibre coverage
Area % fibre based % superfast (>30 Mbps) % cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 5 Mbps (new USO) % Under 15 Mbps
Worthing West 99.3% 98.2% 67.5% 0% 0.1% 0.5% 1%
Crawley 99.3% 97.8% 87% 0% 0.6% 1% 1.5%
East Worthing and Shoreham 99.1% 98.7% 89.2% 0% 0% 0.2% 0.4%
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton 98.1% 92.9% 0% 0.2% 0.3% 1% 3.9%
West Sussex 95.8% 87.2% 30.4% 0.4% 1% 3.2% 8.7%
Horsham 95.6% 75.8% 1.6% 0.6% 1.7% 6.3% 17.7%
Mid Sussex 95.5% 85.3% 0% 1.5% 1.8% 4.2% 11.6%
Arundel and South Downs 90.1% 72.7% 0% 0.7% 1.9% 7.5% 19.8%
Chichester 89.6% 76.3% 0% 0.1% 1.4% 4.7% 13.6%

If the phase 1 contract continues to deliver and hits 98% fibre based coverage, then 90% at 30 Mbps or faster looks pretty certain, and with the lower target of 24 Mbps getting a slightly higher coverage by 1 to 2% there is a an outside possibility that just 3,000 extra premises (1%) are needed to hit the 95% 2017 goal. If the phase 2 project is to spend over £1,000 per premise passed then we would hope that FTTP is used as some areas of West Sussex are already enjoying.

Update 1st July The official press release has now surfaced and this confirms phase 2 will target 3,000 premises and with around another 2.5% of premises left to deliver in the phase 1 project we are pretty sure that the 90% at 24 Mbps target will be surpassed and our own stricter 30 Mbps superfast definition will be in the 90 to 90.5% region. As so many projects are still using the 24 Mbps we will in the next week or two switch to using both definitions and drop showing the 15 Mbps figure.


Posted by chilting about 1 year ago
It looks like satellite vouchers for West Chiltington then. None of our clusters are likely to benefit. Pathetic!
Posted by pmgreenwood about 1 year ago
Even near central Barnham Yapton Exchange Cabinet No7 still shows on Openreach as under review for Fibre after original promised delivery of March then December 14 was withdrawn!!
Posted by chilting about 1 year ago
Have you checked with West Sussex Better Connected. They moved another Yapton cabinet to the Littlehampton exchange when it was upgraded to FTTC. Although it may even be part of the BT commercial upgrade and not BDUK?
Posted by chilting about 1 year ago
Right lets look at these numbers!
90% superfast at the end of phase 1 plus 3,000 houses in phase 2 or 1% = 91% coverage by the end of 2017. The Governments target is 95%.
Will the extra 4% come from phase 3 to run alongside phase 2 or are the figures just wrong???
Maybe phase 3 will be fixed wireless???
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@chilting Notice how we comment that we think the project may overshoot 90% and they are working to a lower 24 Mbps definition.

Fingers crossed once the press release is actually released for real there will be a bit of clarity.
Posted by chilting about 1 year ago
Yes, I accept that.
But a paltry 1% for phase 2 does indicate that maybe they do have something more in the pipeline.
I hope.
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
Crawley has FTTP!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@generallee94 yes it does, but too small in number to feature when displaying to 1 decimal place.

Once more goes live should see the 0.1% appear
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi broadband Watchers in WS.
You will find that many small exchanges have FTTC/P just check on Openreach Where and When than check Cab Numbers just takes a little time.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Chi.
I have checked on the Exchange Nothchaple WS and the other lines that are off 01428 area code and fibre is being cabled/ plus power to various Cabs also fibre is being used at Rudgewick . There is also a showing of new poles which may be taking fibre to long lines total five. Just keep checking on Elgin for your area to locate the fibre nodes. Good hunting.
Posted by DrMikeHuntHurtz about 1 year ago
@pmgreenwood Check to see whether local businesses are connected to it, then you'll have your answer as to when it'll get upgraded.
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