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Broadband speed boosts from Aberdeen to Yalding: Broadband Rollout Roundup 04/05/2012

Scotland and London addresses were added to BT’s fibre network this week, while rural Yalding in Kent has been speeded up by local provider Call Flow.

Welcome to the Recombu Digital weekly Broadband Rollout Roundup for May 4, 2012.

BT's busy engineers

FTTC arrives for over 26,000 in Aberdeen and 70,000 in London

BT Openreach has hooked up five more exchanges and their cabinets with fibre-optic broadband connections that reach almost 100,000 homes and businesses.

Upgrades to the Ashgrove and Denburn exchanges in Aberdeen cover 26,500 addresses, while three London exchanges alone extend up-to-80Mbps speeds to 70,000 locations.

A growing number of addresses will also be able to order fibre-to-the-premises connections, running at 100Mbps today and soon to reach more than 330Mbps.

Aberdeen is on the cusp of a major fibre-optic broadband expansion, with Balgownie, Kincorth, Lochnagar, Portlethen and West exchanges scheduled for super-fast upgrades during 2012, making fibre broadband available to more than 58,000 homes and businesses.

They will be joined by another 8,250 households and businesses on Aberdeen North by spring 2013.
In London, Hackney now has 26,000 new addresses ready for FTTC and FTTP, Battersea has 24,000, and Addiscombe has 20,000.

These will help take the number of premises in London with access to the high-speed technology to more than 2.5million by the end of the year.

By Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps commercially available in any area where super-fast fibre broadband has been deployed, potentially transforming the competitiveness of businesses.

Faster broadband upgrade for Kent village

Call Flow has upgraded three of the five streetside cabinets in Yalding, Kent, to superfast speeds.

The sub-loop unbundling programme has reached Laddingford, Yalding High Street and Yalding Centre (in and around the Post Office area).

The programme is expected to go live in Collier Street and Hunton in the early Summer, when electricity suppliers confirm a connection date to Call Flow’s equipment.

The sub-loop unbundling programme lets Call Flow build new cabinets closer to users’ homes to that extend superfast fibre broadband beyond the BT Openreach network.

It’s a relatively low-cost way to improve broadband speeds in small, dense rural communities where a single BT cabinet can serve several hundred premises, but many will be too far away for a conventional FTTC.

Call Flow connections run at up to 20Mbps from £9/month, with calls and line rental also available, and wireless broadband for areas beyond the SLU network.