Swindon Council may have chosen a fixed wireless 4G solution to boost the superfast broadband coverage of the area but the UK's two main fixed line broadband providers have now both announced their expansion plans to coverage thousands of premises in the North Swindon area.
Virgin Media announced as part of its commercial roll-out an expansion in Swindon a short while ago and now Openreach has formally declared its plans to roll-out VDSL2 and FTTP to another 6,500 premises in the Priory Vale area.
Openreach has been looking at the viability of FTTP for areas like the new build estates of Swindon with their winding narrow residential streets with a trial reaching around 500 premises (hence the 0.52% Openreach FTTP coverage in Swindon already) in two areas, the new roll-out is set to expand this to 1,000 premises. The other 5,500 premises will see superfast broadband delivered by VDSL2.
"This is a fantastic and vital announcement.
For years I’ve worked with fellow local residents to push for access to superfast fibre broadband and we know from the successful pilots, demand will be very, very strong. It is a credit to BT that they have worked with us to deliver this solution, a real welcome boost to our local community.Justin Tomlinson MP
Until the roll-outs from Virgin Media and Openreach are complete we won't know the full effect on the area but fixed line superfast broadband coverage looks likely to be in the 84% to 90% range once the roll-outs finish. This is still short of the 99.4% coverage that the Superfast Swindon 4G LTE masts should provide and once we see enough tests to get a good idea of what the 4G LTE service provides in the area we will add that coverage to our coverage figures, in the same way that we tracked VDSL2 performance for some time before settling on our current model.
For those wondering about the Openreach FTTP trials and what the changes in FTTP deployment mean, the Openreach press release is talking of FTTP as being a single 2 hour appointment now for the final connecting up of the fibre from just outside the property to inside, rather than the previous two visits needed totalling around 7 hours.