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First villages in Dorset benefit from Superfast Dorset project

Residents and businesses in a couple of Dorset villages are now able to order a fibre based broadband service for the first time. Charmouth and Wootton Fitzpaine are benefiting from the roll-out of the Superfast Dorset project and are apparently the first villages to benefit from the project.

"These 400 homes and businesses are the start of a programme which will see us bring access to fibre broadband to almost 80,000 premises. This will breathe new life into Dorset’s villages, enabling young people to study on line and older people to work from home.

Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council

The Charmouth exchange is fairly small with just three cabinets and some exchange only lines, as of today (20th May) cabinets 1 and 2 (example postcodes DT6 6NX and DT6 6NG) are up and running with the third cabinet still to be enabled, but we believe it is part of the Superfast Dorset BDUK project. There is a high proportion of exchange only (EO) lines on the exchange (e.g. DT6 6PS) at 32%, which impacts on the overall superfast ratio for the area and as far as we know the EO lines are not being addressed (maybe in a later phase), once cabinet 3 is enabled we estimate 58% of the properties in the exchange area will get a superfast speed.

Looking at the wider Dorset area, our estimates working on the assumption that every cabinet gets a fibre twin are below. We do not make any allowances for FTTP that is believed to be part of the project and work to improve EO areas, so final figure will probably be higher:

Area %'age at 30 Mbps or faster %'age at 30 Mbps ignoring cable %'age 2 Mbps or slower %'age EO lines
Bournemouth Unitary Authority 98% 92% 1% 2%
Poole Unitary Authority 97% 91% 1.5% 2%
Dorset County excluding Unitary Authorities 78% 75% 4% 7%

Bournemouth has around 20,000 homes where CityFibre has its Gigler FTTP service available, but we do not have postcode level information to adjust the projection for Bournemouth.

To celebrate this milestone there will be a reception held in Charmouth between 11.30am and 12pm on Friday 23rd May with the ceremonial switch on of cabinet 1 at the junction of The Street and Higher Sea Lane.


Perhaps yet more meaningless statistics? Unless the laws of physics don't apply in Charmouth it seems very unlikely that 58% of the connected lines are all in perfect order and under say 800 m to achieve a "Superfast Speed" of over 40 Mbps download Sync. with a corresponding upload speed of say 10 Mbps. If you count those substandard lines with under 15 Mbps download and 400 Kbps upload the numbers might get a bit closer.

  • WalterWillcox
  • over 6 years ago

I'd also like to see some evidence of the 20,000 homes in Bournemouth where Gigler is available. It put it at about 1 in 4 homes, yet doing the postcode checker on Gigler's site seems to suggest almost no availability.

  • whatever2
  • over 6 years ago

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