B4RN featured on BBC Breakfast News today as it has launched its Gigabit service in the village of Tunstall adding another 55 premises to its network. The B4RN network serves over 1,000 premises in the most rural parts of Lancashire.
Ironically cabinet 6 on the Kirkby Lonsdale exchange which serves Tunstall was or still is down for getting FTTP delivered by Openreach using gap funding from the Lancashire BDUK project, and this overlapping dates back to the original Open Market Reviews in Lancashire where rather than a formal OMR agreement a gentleman's agreement was reached apparently that has since been ignored.
For those living in Tunstall they probably care very little about these political games and will be rightly enjoying going from 0.5 Mbps to 1 Mbps connections that may be intermittent and the annoying old IPStream Max IP Profile system to enjoying 1000 Mbps fixed speed connections.
We have added the core postcodes for Tunstall to our coverage checker and should point out that the B4RN coverage is not included in the superfast, FTTP and fibre coverage stats yet, but will start to be included once the phase 1 BDUK projects finally hits its 90% superfast coverage goal. This way we are avoiding BT benefiting from the hard work of B4RN as we track towards the national 90% superfast goal, which Lancashire has already passed but its project has a phase 1 higher target set.