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BT adds 21 new exchanges, rural notspots light up: Broadband Rollout Roundup 11/05/2012

BT adds 21 new exchanges, rural notspots light up: Broadband Rollout Roundup 11/05/2012Welcome to the most recent edition of Recombu Digital’s Broadband Rollout Roundup. It’s been a good week for BT, with the company announcing that it had connected 10 million UK businesses and homes to its next-gen fibre network.

Over 500,000 subscribers have now signed up for the new BT Infinity fibre broadband services, which will accessible by two-thirds of the UK by 2015.

Alongside this, BT has announced a string of new UK exchanges from where you’ll be able to order BT Infinity broadband. Most of the recent additions are in England with just one Scottish exchange lighting up this week and none in Wales or Northern Ireland. The exchanges are as follows:


Bingham (FTTC) Nottinghamshire County
Canvey Island (FFTC) Essex County
Chapel Brampton (FTTC) Northamptonshire County
Dover (FTTC) Kent
East Bay (FTTC) Essex County
Farnham Common (FTTC) Buckinghamshire County
Hampden Park (FTTC) Essex County
Hampton (FTTC/P) City of Southampton (B)
Hardingstone (FTTC) Northamptonshire County
Hawkwell (FTTC) Essex County
Ipsley (FTTC) Hereford & Worcester
Mottram (FTTC) Tameside District (B)
Nantwich (FTTC) Crewe and Nantwich District (B)
Norwich West (FTTC) Norfolk
Rossington (FTTC/P) Doncaster District (B)
Shaw (FTTC) Oldham District (B)
Thame (FTTC) Oxfordshire County
Thetford (FTTC) Norfolk
Wellingborough (FTTC) Northamptonshire County
Welwyn Garden (FTTC) Hertfordshire


Bathgate (FTTC) West Lothian

Buzcom brings 25Mbps fibre broadband to Suffolk hamlet

It’s not just about big city fibre rollout projects; this week we heard that wireless broadband provider Buzcom is supplying Shingle Street – a Suffolk hamlet, population 25 – to its FibreWiFi service.

This ‘super-fast’ product is getting residents connect to the web at download speeds of up to 25Mbps. And, as it’s an SDSL-based service, they can enjoy upload speeds of 25Mbps too. It’s a wireless broadband service, so no phone lines are needed to provide it.

As well as this, Buzcom’s FibreWiFi service offers an ‘ultra-fast’ 50Mbps SDSL for £32.25 a month.

The service has been provided by bouncing radio signals from the church tower in nearby Hollesley. Funding for the project has been provided by cash from DEFRA and the EU.

Allpay brings 10Mbps for free to Herefordshire Housing tenants

From Suffolk to Herefordshire, the rural broadband not-spots are being plugged one-by-one.

Allpay, a wireless ISP like Buzcom, has signed a deal with Herefordshire Housing which sees tenants able to enjoy downstream speeds of 10Mbps gratis.

The deal will eventually see all of the 5,500 houses covered by Allpay’s broadband network by the end of the year.

No BT line is required, as the service is delivered over the air, into a receiver and down an ethernet cable.

Whitchurch not getting its fibre upgrade until July

Despite all of the fanfare of 10 million connections, Whitchurch residents who have been expecting some fibre from BT since January will now have to wait ‘til July for everything to be finished.

The upgrades have run into delays due to infrastructure and civil engineering problems. The upshot is that everyone in Whitchurch will eventually be able to get speeds of up to 100Mbps.