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Ainderby Steeple has honour of hosting first BDUK funded fibre cabinet

All projects have their key milestones, and the £530m of BDUK funding has passed a significant one today as the first area to benefit from BDUK funding has its cabinet unveiled. The village of Ainderby Steeple is the lucky place, and people should be able to order a service before Christmas, though whether it will be installed before is another matter. The cabinet is live three months ahead of schedule, and work is underway across North Yorkshire to get more of the non-commercial cabinets live.

"This is a significant step for Ainderby Steeple. High-speed digital connectivity is an essential requirement for our long-term success. At a time when our local economy needs every possible boost, important developments such as the Superfast North Yorkshire programme’s investment in super-fast broadband offers the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth."

Local MP, the Rt Hon William Hague
First BDUK funded cabinet is unveiled

The Superfast North Yorkshire website allows people to check by postcode what is happening, and while at the wholesale level Openreach has delivered the service, the site links off to the multitude of retail providers so that people can check whether it is available from their chosen provider or not. People should be aware that sometimes a retail provider may take longer to update its own systems, so conflicting information on whether a service is or is not available is fairly common in areas where an FTTC service has just gone live.

Further to the south in Yorkshire, another 250 properties in Selby are which already offers FTTC services are shortly to get access to the superfast service. These properties were originally not in the commercial roll-out.

We are waiting on pictures of the unwrapping of the cabinet and will publish once they arrive, so people can see the cabinet really does exist.


"FTTC service has just gone line" - I assume you mean live :)

  • KarlAustin
  • over 8 years ago

The cab I'm connected to on the Pateley Bridge exchange is due to go live in the Spring. Can't believe after all this time FTTC is only about 6 months away!

  • desouzr
  • over 8 years ago

The girl doesn't look impressed with her new Christmas present!

  • WWWombat
  • over 8 years ago

"Local MP William Hague", that's the answer, have the most senior cabinet member as your MP!

Nadine Dorries' constituents, tough s**t!

  • bobdelamare
  • over 8 years ago

Superfast Yorkshire website allows

Should read: Superfast North Yorkshire, emphasis on the North.

  • Brunel
  • over 8 years ago

Have added the North that I had managed not to type yesterday, could have worse and typed the name of a county to the west

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

Its good to see the first of many cabinets via BDUK funding, though its shame the amount of time its taken the piolt areas to get to delivery.
Though still a very slow process, 14 weeks alone for procurement with one likely bidder/winner left, would be suprised to see Fujitsu win a tender.

  • ccxo
  • over 8 years ago

Is he the right man for the job??

Ed Vaizey, 'opening' the first 90 Infinity connections in Ainderby Steeple says:

[quote]Thanks to our £530m investment in rural broadband, that is all about to change and the people of Ainderby Steeple [u]can enjoy download speeds [b]of a stunning 80mbps.[/b][/u][/quote]

It amuses me to think of all the (90?) houses in Ainderby Steeple sitting of top of the green cabinet. Who writes this stuff?

  • mikejp
  • over 8 years ago

As far as I can see, everywhere in the core of the village is within 400 metres of the cabinet, and there doesn't seem to be much outside.

That's enough for 80/20.

  • WWWombat
  • over 8 years ago

Well I reckon 400m is around 50mb?

How did 90 houses get BDUK money? The 'Haugue effect'?

  • mikejp
  • over 8 years ago

WWW - from a forum post here

"I'm 450m from FTTC cabinet and I get 45meg"

  • mikejp
  • over 8 years ago

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