Latest Berkshire broadband progress update reveals survey locations
Berkshire and its broadband project is continuing to publish information on the roll-out and the latest update reveals 39 locations that will be surveyed between April and July 2014.
Crowthorne cabinet P29,
Bourne End cabinet P33,
Wraysbury cabinets P1, P2, P3,
Colnbrook cabinets P40, P46,
Reading South cabinets P63, P65, P67, P70,
Burghfield Common cabinets P1, P8,
Arborfield Cross cabinets P1, P4, P7,
Eversley cabinet P13,
Twyford cabinet P12,
Woodley cabinet P17,
Exchange Only areas within the following exchanges:
Ascot, Littlewick Green, Windsor, Reading Central, Langley, Slough, Burghfield Common, Chaddleworth, Chieveley, Great Shefford, Hermitage, Kintbury, Lambourn, Mortimer, Pangbourne, Theale, Woolhampton, Spencers Wood, Wargrave, WokinghamSuperfast Berkshire Cabinets for survey between April and July 2014
An area appearing on the survey list does not guarantee that superfast broadband will be available in the next few months to the area, the surveys are carried out to check what is viable and which cabinets represent the best in terms of value for money for a project.
The usual solution for clusters of exchange only lines is to install a new telephone cabinet and add a fibre twin to then provide a fibre based broadband service. For those who do not know if they have an exchange only (EO) line check using the BT Wholesale, any result that does not mention a cabinet number next to the phone number or address is an exchange only line. For those in an EO area beyond physically spotting the work, you might suddenly find the checker reports a cabinet number where it previously did not. Occasionally an EO area may be cheaper to upgrade using FTTP (full fibre to the home) but this situation is relatively rare, but we do know of some areas where it is happening.
People often wonder why the VDSL2 (FTTC) cannot just be run directly from the exchange and the reason is that to avoid undue crosstalk and interference to existing ADSL and ADSL2+ services the rules require cabinets to be located outside the exchange. There are also additional rules on the power levels used at cabinets to stop VDSL2 slowing down existing ADSL2+ services in an area.