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Chapelton in Scotland to be FTTH showcase for Scotland

Spotting news on fibre roll-outs is not always easy and sometimes stuff gets missed and Mark at ISPreview has managed to spot news about a large FTTP roll-out by Openreach near Aberdeen from March this year. Chapelton is an 8,000 home development costing some £2 billion to build where the work started in October 2013 and there are signs of the first show homes being open to view in the next few weeks.

The development is set to benefit from fibre to the home utilising GEA-FTTP from Openreach (for avoidance of doubt this is NOT fibre on demand, but FTTP available at a choice of speeds from 40 Mbps to 330 Mbps). We have been in this situation before, with the original Ebbsfleet development in Kent but hopefully the interest in properties and construction will proceed at a much faster pace.

We have done some back ground work and the best postcode we can find for now is AB39 3PH, but hopefully by the time the first people move postcodes will have been allocated and the FTTH network actually built. Fingers crossed developments like this will spur on other developers to partner with broadband infrastructure firms and avoid the constant broadband complaints that large developments such as Swindon suffer from. Interestingly the postcode that is very close to the first new homes we think are for sale can get 10 to 19 Mbps from ADSL2+.

We recently added back the Infinity 3 and Infinity 4 products to our listings. These are the two faster Infinity versions available from BT Consumer for native FTTP areas such as Chapelton but whether you will see the products on the BT site will depend on what browser you use and whether a new version of the BT site is delivered to you. Unfortunately due to business decisions by other providers like Sky, TalkTalk, PlusNet and EE who are the brand names people know about, none of these providers can sell you a GEA-FTTP based service. Which is partly why we see so many campaigners complain about the BT monopoly, the question now needs to be how do you force retailers to sell a product? The monthly cost of GEA-FTTP 40/10 and 80/20 products are exactly the same as the FTTC products and the same routers with an Ethernet WAN port will work on the service.


It would be interesting to know if this development has both copper and fibre based infrastructure. It's clearly inefficient to provide both, but I suspect that BT are obliged to provide MPF & WLR products. If that's the case it's something the regulator needs to look at as it's an unnecessary cost.

  • TheEulerID
  • over 6 years ago

As far as I know BT are not required to provide an MPF facility, at least on greenfield sites, GEA is considered an adequate replacement alongside Fibre Voice Access.

  • JNeuhoff
  • over 6 years ago

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