More areas of West Sussex named for broadband improvements
West Sussex has generally being fairly quiet with regards to the BDUK projects, but the phase one areas have been identified with seven communities earmarked as 'essential', i.e. Petworth, Graffham, Wisborough Green, Kirdford, Bury, Fittleworth and Billingshurst.
A good chunk of the area is covered by the fixed wireless service from Kijoma who operate in the area and have prices that start at £13.99 for an up to 30 Mbps service with a 5GB allowance. So any subsidised roll-out is going to cause upset, though looking at the speed tests that people are posting, the vast majority appear to be sticking with the mainstream names that appear on TV.
Looking at Billingshurst in more detail the area has already had some commercial FTTC rolled out, and if as we believe the other cabinets are all enabled for FTTC around 2,000 of the 2,900 premises on the exchange will get superfast speeds. There are around 230 properties that appear to be Exchange Only lines from what looks like a relatively new estate in the south west area of Billingshurst, and if a cabinet was located around the Barrow Close area, these homes could enjoy superfast speeds too. The pattern for other areas has often been that the slightly non-standard areas are missed out in the early phases, which is where communication from the County Council and BT representatives are important to manage expectations.
The best way to keep tabs on what is happening is often www.roadworks.org, which for example is currently showing ducting being installed on Marringdean Road, most likely to help with the linking of the fibre cabinet on that road.