Another moderately quiet week on the Broadband Rollout Roundup front. BT is still working hard on repairs to damaged equipment caused by the floods, hiring an extra 600 staff to help out with broadband rollout.
A handful of BT exchanges were given the go ahead for FTTC at the start of this week, but at the time of writing, there’s nothing further to report.
Beyond BT, we’ve seen County Broadband adding more locations to its 32Mbps wireless broadband network and CLANNET adding a new wireless repeater to Cowesby. At the other end of the UK, we’ve seen Superfast Cornwall announcing a handful of new locations where FTTC is available.
This is Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending 24/08/2012.
BT Openreach tweets the locations of nine new exchanges
Only nine exchanges get the FTTC go ahead this week and all of them in England. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind commenter Alexanderthegreat that England is part of the UK too:
Bookham (FTTC) Mole Valley District
Broadstairs (FTTC) Thanet
Carlisle (FTTC) Carlisle District (B)
Crowborough (FTTC) Wealden District
Kidlington (FTTC) Cherwell District
Mansfield (FTTC) Mansfield District
Milnsbridge (FTTC) Kirklees District (B)
Scunthorpe (FTTC) North Lincolnshire (B)
Woolston (FTTC) City of Southampton (B)
County Broadband is a provider of wireless or WiFi broadband, a type of broadband that seems to be increasingly popular in remote locations where the likes of BT and Virgin Media double digit speeds have yet to tread.
Tendring, Great Bromley and Thorrington have been added to County Broadband’s Next Generation Community Access network, which provides speeds of up to 32Mbps each way – that’s downloads and uploads.
County Broadband mainly serves areas near the main antenna in Coggeshall, Essex, with other repeater hub antennas boosting coverage.
County Broadband currently covers the towns and parishes of Acton, Alphamstone, Assington, Bocking, Bradwell, Braxted, Chappel, Coggeshall, Eight Ash Green, Fordham, Foxearth, Gestingthorpe, Glemsford, Gosfield, Great Bromley, Great Cornard, Great Tey, Long Melford, Maplestead, Pebmarsh, Pentlow, Rendlesham, Rivenhall, Silver End, Stansted, Stisted, Tendring, Thorrington, West Bergholt and Witham.
For a full breakdown of County Broadband, its prices and the areas covered, read our full article here.
CLANNET might sound like a Gaelic folk rock band but it’s actually another wireless broadband ISP like County Broadband.
This week CLANNET announced the addition of a repeater antenna providing the civil parish of Cowesby with up to 25Mbps broadband. The Cowesby repeater also extends broadband coverage to the villages of Over Silton, Nether Silton, Kepwick Cowesby, Leake and Borrowby.
Affiliated with NYnet, CLANNET provideds wireless broadband services to a number of remote and rural locations in North Yorkshire.
Superfast Cornwall has announced that FTTC fibre broadband is available to order at homes connected to the following exchanges:
St. Mawgan (FTTC) Restormel District
Camborne (FTTC/P) Kerrier District
Superfast Cornwall has said that right now its homes in Trenance and parts of Mawgan Porth that can get fibre from the St. Mawgan exchange. Similarly, locations in Pengegon and Kehelland connected to the Camborne exchange have come online for fibre this week. Updates on this as and when we get them.