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Fibre for 50,000: Broadband Rollout Roundup 21/09/2012

It’s a shame BT Openreach won’t say how many people are being reached by fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) as it continues to build its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network.

By that logic, they’d also have to say which street cabinets are being upgraded to FTTC – or at least which postcodes, like Digital Region in South Yorkshire.

And on that thought, here’s Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending September 21, 2012.

BT Openreach

BT’s fibre finds more than 50,000 new homes and businesses

Fibre broadband has been landed in range of more than 57,600 new British homes by BT Openreach this week.

Local street cabinets are being activated for speeds up-to-76Mbps after upgrades in exchange areas from St Columb Major in Cornwall to Bannockburn in Stirlingshire.

A lucky few, though Openreach doesn’t say who, will also get the chance for 330Mbps FTTP.

This week’s BT Openreach superfast additions are:

  • Bannockburn, Stirlingshire: 8,000
  • Broadstairs, Kent, 11,000
  • Galashiels, Scottish Borders: 7,000
  • Kidlington, Oxfordshire: 7,000
  • Newbridge, South Wales: 5,600
  • St Columb Major, Cornwall: (numbers unknown)
  • Woolston, Hampshire: 19,000

Postcode lottery chances improve in Digital Region

South Yorkshire FTTC network provider Digital Region has been rolling out its network in Barsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

If you’re in one of these postcode, you could get broadband at up to 100Mbps, digital TV and even your phone calls through a fibre optic cable.    

  • Barnsley S73 0DD, S73 0DE, S73 0HS
  • Doncaster DN6 8JE, DN6 8AN, DN6 8HJ, DN6 8JL
  • Rotherham S62 7TN, S62 7TF, S62 7SB    

Zen Internet expands its garden of fibrous delights

Broadband provider Zen Internet is extending its reach to more BT exchanges which have been prepared for FTTC.

Nearly 1,200 exchanges are now complete or in progress, with work scheduled to begin in another 275 locations by the end of 2012.

The nationwide roll-out of fibre-optic broadband services is happening faster than ever with over 40 per cent of UK premises enabled by July and expected to exceed 50 per cent very soon.