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Superfast broadband for final 5% of UK pilots to start in early 2015

A small update from the DCMS has emerged on the eight pilot projects that are using some £10m to show alternate ways of getting superfast broadband to the 5% of the UK where the commercial case is at the weakest.

The eight projects are the same as detailed in June 2014 and cover a mixture of wireless, satellite and fibre options. The feasibility and state aid phases have now advanced to the point where we should see deployment starting in early 2015, with the results from these deployments feeding back so the UK Government can figure out how much money will be needed to resolve the issue of getting superfast broadband to the final 5% of the UK.

Each of the pilot areas will be de-scoped from the existing BDUK 90% and 95% roll-out projects, but if a pilot fails to deliver the postcodes involved will be returned to the under evaluation list for the relevant local authority.

In ideal world, this is how the original BDUK 90% pilot projects would have worked, but with the most advanced of those projects only just about to complete (North Yorkshire), the pressure to hit deadlines meant traditional, test, develop, refine, deploy methodologies had to be ignored otherwise the complaints about poor broadband would be a lot worse than they are now.


Just to clarify, are these entirely the "white" areas/postcodes that have previously been announced?

  • csimon
  • over 6 years ago

If the white areas were the ones linked to the eight pilot areas then yes.

The pilots are very much a subset of the final 5%.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

My building Mangement company appears to be obstructive again. This is the third time engineers have been to site and not been able to gain access. I have spend the past 18months arguing with them.

The residents say we can't have broadband because they (the building management company) won't allow it?

Apart from me breaking the jaw of the cocky prat in the building manage office - which I'm getting very close to doing - what are my other options?

  • George99
  • over 6 years ago

Mostly whiter-than-white.

Try this page. The docs here confirm whether white for nga and/or basic bb, and have maps & postcode lists for each area.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

George, has this issue been brought up at the residents association or with the freeholder?

The freeholder should be able to roast the management company for failing to look after their interests...

  • themanstan
  • over 6 years ago

Deorge99, I had a similar issue with a landlord over a phone installation some years ago, I spoke to a solicitor who wrote on my behalf threatening to apply for injunctive relief and pointing out that the act of the landlord in seeking to deny me a phone line was Interfering with my right to quiet enjoyment of the property. The threat was enough, it may be worth your looking into this aspect of law.


  • warweezil
  • over 6 years ago

Time for residents to force out the mgmt co, and take control themselves? Can be done.

Unless it has already happened, and it is other residents stopping you. Then you need to figure out how to wrest control of the mgmt co from them.

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

Hmmm. Just noticed that of the 6 areas going ahead in wave 1, 4 are NGA and 2 are for basic speeds. Hadn't realised that before...

  • WWWombat
  • over 6 years ago

As one of the Airwave microwave to the premises villages (West Witton in Wensleydale) we know planning permission for the masts was applied for last Monday and should be OK as the National Park planners have been consulted all the way. Airwave are holding a public village meeting on 28 January to give more details on the trial and we believe they are still hoping to start the trial by the end of March. I have my hand up to be part of the trial

  • rjohnloader
  • over 6 years ago

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