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First cabinet live in West Yorkshire broadband project

Residents of the housing estate built on the Old Fountain Brewery site in Calderdale may have had a busy weekend ordering their FTTC based services, as the cabinet 106 which serves the estate went live on Friday 11th April. This is the first cabinet to be delivered by the Superfast West Yorkshire project which is part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) projects across the UK.

As part of our broadband speed checks we can see that the speeds on the estate are going to be very good, so postcodes such as HX2 0SR, HX2 0SP, HX2 OSL and more will get superfast speeds from the cabinet. The exchange this cabinet is connected to is the Halifax exchange, which is definitely not rural, but this estate looked to have been suffering slow old ADSL speeds. Halifax exchange has over two thirds of the lines served by cabinets already able to order a FTTC service, and if all the cabinets were enabled we estimate the level of superfast coverage would be 93% or higher (Virgin Media foot print not taken into account and our estimates are often at the low end of the Openreach estimates for speed).


This is all good news for the people who live in this area, but..... this is a relatively new housing development built well beyond the point when most of society realised that broadband was an essential component of life. And now, the taxpayer is having to subsidise their connections. This does not make any sense at all.

Can it be that difficult to put planning conditions into new developments that they must make provision for fibre-to-the-premises connections? From the developers' viewpoint it would help the properties to sell

  • johnpopham
  • over 6 years ago

@johnpopham it is the developers responsibility if they want FTTP, Openreach will only ever provide copper to the estate unless the developer requests anything different.

  • Unknown101
  • over 6 years ago

I think the point was to make it a planing requirement. That way the developer has to bear the cost. The reality is at some point FTTP will be required for all properties and it is clear in 2014 that this is the case and has been for some time. It is therefore criminal that developers are permitted to build housing estates where at the very least ducting for fibre is not in place.

  • jabuzzard
  • over 6 years ago

If ducting for copper is in place, then the main duct into which fibre sub ducting will be added is already there.

The often over looked aspect is that FTTC gets an aggregation node nearby, which includes a GPON FTTP build to that point.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

@johnpopham @andrew which if a new estate is ducted right to every door step will allow them to purchase FTToD so they are able to have FTTP but not at the expense of the tax payers money - which is fair. So they have the option for ADSL, FTTC and FTToD..... Can't see anything wrong with that.

  • Unknown101
  • over 6 years ago

Cab 106 went live on the 2nd April I was using the follow that page website to track it. I have friend who lives on the new estate and are annoyed of the slow internet speeds. He is getting his FTTC installed tomorrow.

  • Computerman142
  • over 6 years ago

I am getting mine installed tomorrow, we are connected to cabinet 106 and trust me over 4 years of barely 1mb on a 'NEW' housing development is NOT fun, I think we will be one of the first to get an install on the development.

  • andyhair
  • over 6 years ago

We live on a new estate and I saw BT putting in pipework which looked like at least 6" diameter. We've got FTTC at the bottom of the street so a future upgrade to FTTP would be so easy, it's a wonder why they didn't do it to start with. I for one would see a full fibre supply as a positive sales feature.

  • Minkey1
  • over 6 years ago

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