Northhamptonshire publishes next newsletter to update project progress
Superfast Northamptonshire has published a newsletter giving some stats for those who like to collect them, namely that by the end of February 2014, 33 cabinets had been enabled by the project, bringing the potential to order FTTC to a further 9,341 homes and businesses.
As well as the obligatory photo of Bill Murphy, boss of NGA at BT there is a list of the areas the 33 cabinets are in Towcester (11 cabs and 3,517 premises), Weedon (6, 2,122), Long Buckby (7, 1710), Braunston (3,599), Silverstone (3,568), Blisworth (2,552) and Paulerspury (1, 273) with the expectation that as of today around 40 cabinets should be live adding almost 2,000 premises to the coverage total.
We took a closer look at Weedon which has eight cabinets, and cabinets 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are all taking orders. Cabinet 5 does not appear to be have been enabled yet and covers perhaps 150 properties. There is some Exchange Only lines in Weedon that have been missed out so far (e.g. NN7 4NB) and for those worrying about projects massaging figures allowances seem to have been made for this in the coverage figures issued by the project. We estimate that in terms of premises getting superfast coverage 88% will connect at 24 Mbps or faster, with a quarter connecting at 60 Mbps or faster. The vast bulk of the slower premises we estimate in the 15 Mbps to 24 Mbps, but as we use relatively pessimistic figures (in terms of crosstalk) more people may actually get faster. There is one extra cabinet at Weedon, not accounted for by the 6 via the project and one without a fibre twin, it is possible this cabinet has gone live since the newsletter was put together.
The next wave of cabinets that are expected to be live by June 2014 is also in the newsletter, and these are:
Bozeat (3 cabs), Brixworth (6), Broughton (6), Byfield (6), Clopton (1), Cogenhoe (2), Kingsthorpe (5), Kislingbury (7), Northampton (12), Oundle (9), Thrapston (12), Yardley Hastings (1)17,750 premises covered by 70 cabinets
12 cabinets in Northampton sounds a lot but there are six exchanges serving the area and while Virgin Media coverage is extensive there appears to be large gaps down in Hardingstone and the Brackmills Industrial estate, so there are likely areas for intervention.