There’s been slow progress with BT’s Race to Infinity plans in rural Cambridge, but we’re told that superfast broadband should be available this month.
The programme, aimed at gauging rural interest in superfast broadband services, saw Madingley in Cambridgeshire selected for rural fibre rollout in late 2011.
However the project has still not delivered the goods, with residents complaining that the project is now a year overdue.
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Sources at BT however have told us that residents should expect to see fibre-based broadband services available to order this month. A BT spokesperson said:
“We can assure the residents of Madingley, Hardwick and Caldecote that BT is still committed to delivering fibre broadband to premises in these areas. We have already built the fibre infrastructure there, but unfortunately we’ve faced some technical issues in recent weeks which means that customers can’t place orders yet. Our engineers have been working hard to overcome these issues and we hope to be in a position to start making our fibre broadband service available to local residents during April.”
Frustratingly, we’re not able to get a more concrete date for availability at the moment.
Since the winners were announced in late 2011, we’ve heard of delays in Whitchurch, Hampshire, thanks again to technical issues. It looks like problems with deployment have resulted in delays here too, with things not helped by the terrible weather. We’ll update once we hear more from BT.