Fibre broadband is the key to Britain’s broadband future. Fibre has already begun to roll out across the country with BT kicking off its £2.5 billion plan to connect two-thirds of the UK in earnest – over 11 million UK homes and businesses can now order FTTC or FTTP broadband from BT.
BT isn’t the only company doing something about the broadband state of the nation – regional projects like B4RN and Gigaclear are also leading the charge, as are Digital Region based in South Yorkshire and Jersey Telecom based in, er, Jersey.
This week both Digital Region and Jersey Telecom have announced the availability of fibre broadband in new locations, offering FTTC (up to 80Mbps) and FTTP (up to 1Gbps) services respectively.
BT also hasn’t stopped bringing fibre to new locations, offering fibre at a string of new exchanges this week.
Broadband Rollout Roundup is Recombu Digital’s regular weekly feature during which we round up all of the major announcements of fibre availability (FTTC and FTTP) from anyone and everyone who is offering it.
Arnold and North Carlton in Nottinghamshire get FTTC
More than 23,000 homes and businesses connected to the Arnold and North Carlton exchanges will be able order FTTC broadband in the coming weeks.
This sees connections increasing around the Nottinghamshire area, where we’ve seen BT fibre rolling out to Basford, Bingham, Blidworth, Nottingham Archer, Plumtree, Retford, Sherwood, Trentside, Woodborough and Worksop exchanges.
Newport and Wellington in Shropshire join the FTTC and FTTP club
22,000 homes and business premises connected to the Newport and Wellington exchanges in Shropshire will be able to order fibre broadband from BT over the coming weeks. Over 5,800 places connected to Newport will be able to order FTTC broadband.
More than 16,200 homes on the Wellington exchange will be able to order FTTC broadband with some lucky ones able to order FTTP broadband.
This will see the total number of connected homes in Shropshire climb to 82,000 – fibre broadband from BT is already available in Baschurch, Dawley, Donnington, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Stirchley.
More than 14.700 homes and businesses to get BT fibre in Liverpool’s Sefton Park
Liverpool local authorities are in line to get some public money from the BDUK and EDRF pots, but that hasn’t stopped BT from connecting homes and businesses in Sefton Park.
Over the coming weeks BT engineers will connect over 14,700 properties in the area to fibre broadband – some will benefit from FTTC connections while others will be able to order faster FTTP lines.
After this, the Merseyside area will have more than 78,000 premises connected to BT fibre lines, with close to 200,000 extra locations earmarked for future upgrades.
24,000 locations in Carlisle to get BT fibre
More than 24,000 premises in Carlisle are due to get FTTC broadband installed over the coming weeks.
As well as these announcements, BT has revealed that fibre broadband is available to certain homes and businesses connected to the following exchanges.
Brundall (FTTC) Broadland District, Norfolk
Faversham (FTTC) Swale District, Kent
Filey (FTTC) Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Ilkley (FTTC) Bradford, West Yorkshire
St. Mawgan (FTTC) Restromel, Cornwall
Note that availability of fibre in St. Mawgan in Cornwall was actually annoucned last week by Superfast Cornwall as well.
Digital Region connects nine more Yorkshire postcodes
Digital Region in South Yorkshire is a network that’s home to five fibre ISPs – Ask4, Origin Broadband, LittleBigOne, Fluidata, Digital City Region. Every week more postcodes in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are added to the network and able to order FTTC broadband from one of the ISPs above. This week, Digital Region services are available in:
Barnsley – S63 9NH, S63 9DE, S63 9PF
Doncaster – DN6 8DA, DN6 8HB
Rotherham– S62 6LN, S62 6HA
Sheffield – S2 5HE, S20 6RX
Jersey Telecom does a grand job of adding 1000 homes to 1Gbps broadband
Big news from Jersey Telecom this week was that the 1000 milestone mark for its island-wide Gigabit Jersey project had been passed. 1Gbps is not available to a thousand homes and businesses on the Channel Island with the majority of those ordering in the slower 100Mbps service. We say ‘slower’ – that’s over ten times faster than the UK national average.
Hats off to Jersey Telecom which plans to have its fibre network complete by 2016.