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Broadband map redrawn for South Gloucestershire town

Broadband map redrawn for South Gloucestershire townFaster broadband will be rolling out to residents of the South Gloucestershire town of Bradley Stoke, following a local campaign to get BT to redraw its rollout map. 

The telephone exchange at Almondsbury which serves much of Bradley Stoke will now be upgraded under the South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire broadband upgrade plan, the work for which is being carried out by BT.

Residents from Bradley Stoke will be able to enjoy faster broadband once the upgrade work, expected to be finished by March 2016, has finished. Other exchanges due to benefit from upgrades include those at Abson, Badminton, Marshfield, Rangeworthy and Wickwar.

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Speaking to the BBC, campaign leader Stephen Horton said: “This is something people in Bradley Stoke have been asking for for five or six years. Finding out we’re within the intervention area is good news I suppose, but there are still other questions to be answered, like are we going to get the superfast variant?”

Fast, superfast, or really superfast?

There’s currently no information on whether there’s plans to install FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) or FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) lines in these areas.

Presuming that it’s FTTC that’s being installed then by March 2016, BT’s FTTP On Demand program should be well underway. FTTP On Demand means subscribers can upgrade their FTTC lines to the faster and more future-proofed FTTP, for a fee.

Pricing details for FTTP On Demand look to be prohibitive for the majority of UK homeowners right now, but would be attractive to small businesses.

In the majority of contracts awarded to BT by UK councils under the BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) plan, around 90 per cent of a county or region stands to received FTTC at the very least. Those in the last 10 per cent are usually in so-called ‘hard to reach’ areas and will benefit from speeds of at least 2Mbps delivered either via bonded ADSL lines or satellite broadband connections, as has been the case in Superfast Cornwall.

Once we know more about the plans for Bradley Stoke we’ll post an update…



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