Connecting Devon and Somerset confounds critics by hitting target
The Connecting Devon and Somerset BDUK project was the largest of the ones operating in England and those involved are now celebrating a success and we may not be as fast as some outlets in carrying this news but we wanted to complete the number crunching first to see if we agreed.
"Connecting Devon and Somerset and its partners have been a driving force in solving the challenge of bringing next generation access to businesses and communities in the region.
Completion of our phase 1 programme means that thousands of homes and businesses now enjoy the benefits of having much faster internet speeds, which supports modern day living and working practices as well as being critical to the local economy. We recognise there is still a long way to go to ensure everyone can enjoy the same speeds and benefits across the region. CDS has now launched a further publicly funded programme (Phase 2) to reach even more properties.Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth for Devon County Council
The BT press release gives details such as the project involving a quarter of a million miles of optical fibre and more than 1,460 fibre broadband (VDSL2/FTTC) cabinets. Importantly the take-up is now running at just over one in three (33.5%) for those areas where the project has delivered service and this is double the level of 18 months ago, showing the increasing awareness that better services are more widely available.
|thinkbroadband calculation of
what has been delivered as part of Connecting Devon and Somerset Phase I
Figures 14th March 2017
> 24 Mbps
>= 30 Mbps
|Openreach FTTP||Under 2 Mbps USC||Under 10 Mbps USO|
|CDS Phase 1||99.4%||83.7%||81.5||0.20||4%||14%|
There are 16 cabinets we believe are part of the project that we've not seen live yet and we will double check later today, these represent 0.5% of the total project premise count of 328888, thus when you add these 1,600 to the you are extremely close to the 278,000 premises stated by the project itself, though these cabinets may be part of what Bill Murphy is talking about, in which case our figures being slightly under is likely to be down to the pessimistic model we operate for how crosstalk and distance will impact lines. Additionally there may be some more FTTP that is in the final stages of delivery. So boringly it does look as if the project has delivered.
"The target of making fibre broadband available to 320,000 premises has already been easily exceeded by more than 12,000, whilst the target of making superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above available to 278,000 premises has also been achieved and, indeed, we expect to comfortably exceed it in the coming weeks.
The successful roll-out of this exciting technology is great news for Devon and Somerset communities because whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband. When BT’s commercial programme is also included, it means that we have been involved in making fibre broadband available to more than 868,000 premises across the two counties."Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT