Slow broadband island in middle of Basingstoke
The problem of who and who does not get superfast broadband is a hot topic and showing it is not just rural areas where availability is an issue is the plight of the flats that make up Everest Park in Basingstoke and centered around John Hunt Drive and connected to cabinet 102 on the Basingstoke exchange.
cable.co.uk looked at the lack of superfast services at this development and we have done some digging around and also chased Openreach for information.
Openreach has confirmed that the cabinet was evaluated under the commercial roll-out some years ago, but since the total number of homes passed at the time was too low to make the commercial criteria the area was skipped. Interestingly the developer sunk any prospect of Virgin Media cable access since ducting was offered by the cable provider but rejected by the builder.
It looks like due to the timing of the BDUK roll-outs and their various Open Market Reviews the cabinet has slipped through the current Hampshire project but there is no reason that the cabinet cannot be added to the next wave of work to take superfast coverage to 95% of premises.
If there is a lesson to be learnt it is this, if broadband speed is important DO NOT buy or rent a property unless the speeds are proven to be what you can live with. Only if people stop buying will developers really take notice and maybe pay for the enabling of a cabinet, particularly if it is close to a block of flats or to approach Gigabit operators like Hyperoptic to give their flats the fastest residential speed available.