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2,200 premises to benefit from more roll-out in East Riding of Yorkshire

The East Riding of Yorkshire straddles both KCom and the traditional BT network areas and the BDUK process has seen phase one deliver well over 42,000 superfast premises and around another 5,000 premises from the phase two project in the Openreach footprint, which means the contracted goal of 4,500 properties with access to superfast broadband looks set to be reached.

The project as is common with most of the other BDUK projects has identified savings and there is the addition of gainshare (claw back) money coming back as take-up passes through various milestones and this means the project in partnership with BT has announced £6.198m of money will be going back into delivering a superfast broadband option to more premises in the council area.

The expectation at this stage is that some 2,200 premises will benefit from the extra money, which is a substaintially higher cost per premises (~£2,800) than the earlier stages but fits in with the way that the more populated areas were helped in the earlier stages rather than an outside in approach. The roll-out is likely to involve parts of some 50 villages and towns and will be a mixture of FTTC and FTTP. An extra 2,200 premises of coverage will potentially add another 1.5 percentage points to the superfast totals in the area.

The press release talks about fibre to the remote node which had a small fanfare a couple of years ago, but generally because the VDSL2 service delivered is just the same as the normal FTTC product no one pays much attention. The advantage of the smaller nodes (which are essentially a small waterproof metal box) is that their size makes them more suited to remote rural deployment particularly where you are looking to serve a cluster of 10 to 30 premises while avoiding the costs and time of delivering full fibre to each of those.

The areas where this extra roll-out is expected to feature is Atwick, Bewholme, Brandesburton, Bridlington, Carnaby, East Garton, Eastrington, Elstronwick, Gowdall, Grindale, Halsham, Hayton, Hollym, Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor, Howden, Humbleton, Hutton Cranswick, Kilpin, Laxton, Londesborough, Melbourne, Nunburnholme, Patrington, Rimswell, Roos, Skipsea, Snaith and Cowick, South Cliffe, Sutton upon Derwent, Thornton, Warter, Withernsea, Yapham. Of course plans are always subject to change and there is no guarantee that any one of the areas will see 100% coverage, so it is keep an eye on the roll-out plans and changes in your area.

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