30 cabinets serving over 5,000 live in Rugeley
Rugeley in Staffordshire and the village of Colton (cabinet 18 on the Rugeley exchange) now have almost blanket coverage with a FTTC service after some 23 km of fibre optic cable was installed and 30 fibre cabinets stood.
The Rugeley exchange does have two more cabinets not offering FTTC presently (and a small proportion of Exchange Only lines), cabinet 13 is believed to be part of the Superfast Staffordshire project along with many of the other cabinets so should appear in time. The area has long standing widespread coverage from Virgin Media cable broadband which is reflected by the presence of speed test results on maps.thinkbroadband.com, so one presumes while the town had widespread coverage there was various streets which Virgin Media did not serve.
Looking at the median speed test results for the area, in the last 3 months we see an average of 49.3 Mbps download and 5.7 Mbps upload, if we take a longer term view over a nine month period the result was 28.5 Mbps and 2.6 Mbps upload. The boost in speeds being a mixture of cable upgrades and the fact that since June 2014 when cabinets started going live people are upgrading to the FTTC services available.
Colton is an area where the improvement is most marked, jumping from around 3 Mbps to results of 72 Mbps now and for the 250 homes and businesses in the village this is the result of 13 km of fibre to the fibre cabinet that now serves the village.