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Rutland signs phase 2 contract with BT
Thursday 13 August 2015 10:01:59 by Andrew Ferguson

Rutland may be the smallest of the BDUK projects, but with a declared take-up rate for VDSL2 broadband of 43% it is higher than any other county in the UK.

"Digital Rutland is a major success story and a shining example of how the public and private sectors can work together to achieve just about anything. The council was one of the very first to recognise the opportunity that fibre broadband provides and has been an enthusiastic, determined, and committed partner. The end result of this hard work is the best take-up rates for fibre broadband anywhere in the country. For that, Rutland should be very proud.

Bill Murphy, BT managing director of Next Generation Access

The contract for the second phase of work in the area has been signed and is worth some £1.1 million and will add another 900 homes and business premises to the coverage totals. The press release talks of a resulting fibre based coverage of 94.6% (does not mention superfast figure) but looking at what we know from our data we suspect that some of these 900 premises will be seeing further enhancements due even though they may already be fibre enabled, i.e. the areas with long VDSL lines may see changes to boost speeds, e.g. FTTrN, FTTP or maybe even a little G.fast.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre Broadband Coverage across Rutland
- figures as of 12th August 2015
% fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 15 Mbps
93% 80.4% 78.6% 0% 0% 1% 14.1%

Those with good memories will remember that Gigaclear via its Rutland Telecom subsidiary has fibre services available in the area, but this coverage is NOT included in the table above. Alt-net coverage will be added once the UK has reached the 90% superfast target from the BT led phase 1 projects and we will also be adding an ultrafast (100 Mbps or faster) coverage figure too. This random example of a Gigaclear location shows that while the Openreach cabinet is enabled for FTTC it is too far away to be of any benefit, hence on BT trackers FTTC does not show up at all.

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