Kent publishes its better broadband roll-out plan
Kent County Council has published its maps for the project to bring superfast broadband to a good chunk of the counties premises. The maps split the roll-out into eight phases covering January 2014 to December 2015 when the project should complete.
The maps reveal initially the current picture and a progress chart to show what sort of benefit each phase should be, alas the maps are a pretty low resolution squeezing Kent into 640 x 453 pixels so it will be impossible to identify individual villages.
|Phase||Date||%'age with fibre based option|
|One||Jan 2014 - June 2014||78%|
|Two||April 2014 to Sept 2014||81%|
|Three||July 2014 to Dec 2014||84%|
|Four||Oct 2013 to March 2015||87%|
|Five||Jan 2015 to June 2015||90%|
|Six||April 2015 to Sept 2015||92%|
|Seven||July 2015 to Dec 2015||96%|
|Eight||July 2015 to Dec 2015||96%
No extra fibre based services as this last phase will be delivery of basic USC level service
Kent CC had intention of reaching a figure of 91% of premises with a superfast broadband option and by pushing fibre based coverage to 96% this allows for the variation in speed due to distance from the cabinet for the predominantly FTTC based roll-out.
As with other counties the slowest and most rural areas are left to the end, and while very annoying one presumes the County and BT is gambling on the project delivering under budget or showing high uptake and thus allowing funding to go further into the rural areas with fibre based services.
Update 14:30 There is a postcode checker on the Kent website but be aware rather than drilling down to the full postcode it returns a result for a wider area, e.g. TN15 0SN will give results for all TN15 0SA through to TN15 0SZ postcodes.