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BT declares half way point reached for Superfast Surrey project

The BDUK project for Surrey set an ambitious goal with wording like 'within a whisker of 100% fibre broadband availability back in 2012 when the contract was signed. Now some eighteen months later BT is pleased to announce the project is at the half way point and the latest cabinet to go live is one in Virginia Water (orders accepted from next week).

Including the commercial footprint there are 348 green street cabinets with a FTTC twin in Surrey, but another 272 are to be added by the end of the project in 2014. In terms of installing fibre 391km will have been installed by the completion, bringing fibre out of the exchanges closer to the home where it has hidden for many years.

The coverage figure is described as 99% homes and businesses to have access to a fibre based solution by the end of 2014. The number who will get superfast speeds will be less, and will vary greatly from area to area, since there is no single template that UK towns and villages are constructed from. Looking at Oxted which is just outside the M25, our estimate is that 91% of premises will get a speed of 24 Mbps or faster, and with just one street cabinet left to enable Oxted is almost job done. The remaining cabinet (PCP 10) serves properties around RH8 0DH (De Tillens Lane) and with reporting traffic lights and excavations to get power to it then Oxted is very close to completion. Our maps reveal some overlap with Virgin Media, and just a handful of EO lines.

The BT progress report still mentioned FTTP as a solution, and it is possible that parts of Surrey will get native FTTP (i.e. available at same prices for same speeds as FTTC services, but with option of faster speeds), we have asked for hints on which areas. The age old problem of Exchange Only connections (where a line goes directly to the exchange without an intervening cabinet) will obviously have to be solved, and we know for some exchanges in Surrey, new PSTN with fibre twins are appearing in areas to serve these clusters.


Tell BT to hurry up roll out vectoring!

  • adslmax
  • over 6 years ago

The age-old problem of EO lines is mainly a problem with BT and Ofcom, I never heard of it in other countries.

Most EO lines are relatively short, so setting up the same VDSL cabinet equipment in or near the local exchange will do if people really want to go with copper VDSL. Many local exchange buildings are so big, that setting up new VDSL equipment won't cause crosstalk or noise issues with other stuff.

  • JNeuhoff
  • over 6 years ago

I know of two Surrey exchanges near where I live, Banstead and Mogador, which have had new PCPs installed outside the exchange. I assume these are for EO lines. BDUK roadworks are taking place in a number of nearby locations.

  • Pete__B
  • over 6 years ago

I see NICC doesn't need to bother doing any work on the ANFP for exchange-based VDSL2, as they have already got planned for this year.

JNeuhoff knows it is won't cause any issues, and we all know how good he is at this broadband malarky.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

They say that they've done 42,000 premises so far, and hit the half-way point.

That means the remaining 42,000 lines must belong in those 272 cabinets. That's an average of 150 lines per cabinet, so they're definitely getting smaller than the ones labelled viable: those seemed to be 300+ lines.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

I am on EO line directly into LSWEY along with another 80 or so and our lines are in excess of 3.2km (which in my opinion is a long line) I didn't hold out much hope of being part of the BDUK programme but recently contractors working on behalf of BT openreach dug 100m plus down a road to the 4 properties of which one is mine. Installed Poly Duct tubing all the way to the small concrete chamber just outside our properties. Fingers crossed that means FTTP? otherwise why would they do this?

  • colbird12
  • over 6 years ago

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