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300 fibre cabinets delivered by Staffordshire project as clawback announced
Thursday 13 August 2015 10:58:25 by Andrew Ferguson

Staffordshire and its BDUK project has installed some 300 cabinets now as part of the project making FTTC available to 88.4% of the county or if you prefer superfast coverage at 24 Mbps or faster now sits at 81.6%. The BT announcement on the coverage indicates that the 300 cabinets have benefited some 53,000 premises on top of the commercial roll-out in the county.

"Our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached an additional three million UK homes and businesses and is transforming lives up and down the country. I'm delighted that the people and businesses of Cross Heath are now able to enjoy all the benefits that superfast speeds have to offer."

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey

The cabinet referred to by the minister we believe is cabinet 44 on the Newcastle Under Lyme exchange which went live towards to the end of July and services Holditch Industrial Estate and premises along Liverpool Road opposite the Wolfstanton Golf Club in Cross Heath.

The news that some £2.4 million of clawback money is to be re-invested to help coverage go further means that while phase 1 still has work to do and phase 2 is yet to start we can expect much more. Given the size of Staffordshire while £2.4 million sounds large, it will probably translate to around a 1% improvement in Superfast coverage.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast, USC and Fibre Broadband Coverage across constituences that comprise Staffordshire
- figures as of 12th August 2015
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 15 Mbps
Burton 92.6% 85% 83.1% % 0% 1.1% 12.9%
Cannock Chase 97.2% 88.3% 86.5% 21.6% 0% 1.9% 9.9%
Lichfield 91.9% 85.2% 83.6% 59.3% 0% 1.7% 12.2%
Newcastle-under-Lyme 84.3% 81.9% 81.2% 68.8% 0% 0.1% 9.2%
South Staffordshire 88.8% 76.8% 73.7% 0.9% 0% 2.4% 15.7%
Stafford 93.1% 87.9% 86.9% 67.9% 0% 0.9% 9.8%
Staffordshire Moorlands 78% 68.9% 67.3% 28.9% 0% 2.5% 18.1%
Stoke-on-Trent Central 96.6% 96.5% 96.4% 88% 0% 0% 1.8%
Stoke-on-Trent North 96.3% 93.8% 93.5% 72.4% 0% 0.5% 4.4%
Stoke-on-Trent South 98.7% 97.2% 96.7% 57.7% 0% 1.3% 2.5%
Stone 67.1% 58.4% 56.6% 17.8% 0% 0.9% 26.5%
Tamworth 95.9% 94.6% 94.1% 70.1% 0% 0.1% 4.8%

Comments

Posted by PhilCoates about 1 year ago
So the worst coverage is mainly Stone, South Staffs and Staffs Moorlands - all rural.

Stone, South Staffs and Staffs Moorlands have either the worst % under 2Mbps USC or the worst % under 15Mbps or both.

What chance this money will go to these areas I wonder?
Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
The phase 1 project is ongoing, the extra money hasn't been planned, and phase 2 hasn't started. And all the projects take an inside->out approach.

Is it a surprise that the rural areas are the ones that have worst coverage?

I'd expect that to remain true in every single coverage report you ever see. Coverage might improve between each one, but the rural areas will always be the worst ones.

It isn't a surprise that they have the worst cable coverage either.
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