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Further 20 business parks in Devon and Somerset to see superfast
Wednesday 12 August 2015 17:05:26 by Andrew Ferguson

A further 20 business parks in Devon and Somerset are set to get a mostly FTTC based service (some might be native FTTP), this is in addition to some 200 business parks across the area already enjoying access (or are being built out to) access to fibre based broadband.

Woodlands and Express Park (Bridgwater); Lakeside (near Mells, Somerset); Dunkeswell Business Park; Pitts Cleave (Tavistock); Crown Industrial Estate (Taunton); Weston Business Quarter (Weston-Super-Mare); Milber Trading Estate (Newton Abbot); Colley Lane (Bridgwater); Lynx Trading Estate (Yeovil); Pathfields (South Molton); Deane Gate (Taunton); Cockington (Torquay); Marsh Barton (Exeter); Yalberton (Paignton); Winkleigh Business Park (Winkleigh, Devon); Morlands (Glastonbury); Greendale ( Exeter); Bowdens (Hambridge); Hither Green (Clevedon); and Lee Mill (Ivybridge).

The 20 parks to benefit

The parks in all represent some 1,000 businesses and it is this rough translation of just 50 premises per cabinet that explains why business parks were often not included in the earlier commercial roll-out phases, though we are aware that many believe it is simply to protect their leased line business. The leased line argument tends not to stand up to scrutiny as the firms that really need a leased line will still need it after GEA-FTTC appears, as they will want to ensure uncontended access, repair guarantees and other features you get from a dedicated leased line.

"Superfast broadband is an essential tool for businesses, as well as being an increasingly important tool within our homes. This investment will allow firms in the area to expand and develop, and open up this exciting technology to thousands more people across Somerset.

Whilst we applaud and congratulate the good work that BT and the Connecting Devon and Somerset Team have successfully delivered to date, we encourage them to review and accelerate the pace at which the rest of the roll out is completed. Somerset has a vibrant and growing economy, which is forecasted to perform at least in line with, if not ahead of the national average of 2.5 per cent over the next six years, and we must have an infrastructure that matches this ambition.

Neil Murphy, chief executive officer at Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Of course one problem becoming more evident as coverage from the projects and alt-nets improves is that those who are yet to see any improvements are becoming more and more frustrated. So while the proportion of businesses and homes stuck up on first generation broadband diminishes those left behind are increasingly desperate for any upgrades.


Posted by therioman about 1 year ago
No idea where they get those numbers - we provide service to a few of those areas and either the rest are tiny (unlikely) or the estimated number of businesses is way off the mark
Posted by fastman about 1 year ago
there will be a number of copper cabs in each park -- the more expansive the park the more the number of copper cabs there will be - most cabs likely note to have more that 50 premises on each cab
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
Agree with your conclusion on leased lines.

Even when the GEA products are used as the access portion of a cheap-end leased line, it is the provision of uncontended bandwidth through the core, and the service levels, that take the price up to the same level as products like EFM.
Posted by jimsym about 1 year ago
I accept there is some truth in your assertion that those who have leased lines will still need them because they want uncontended access. But there are definitely businesses in trading estates that only have leased lines because the ADSL is so dire, and would drop the leased line like a hotcake if FTTC were available.

But, as it is in rural areas, the point about connections per cabinet is certainly valid. So that's where councils should be helping, shouldn't they? Why have trading estates ended up as the poor relation when everyone wants small business to prosper?
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