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Fibre lights up in Lancashire: Broadband Rollout Roundup 26/01/2013

This week’s fibre rollouts saw B4RN move past their mouse problem and switch on new users, BT Openreach put Willenhall in the right part of the West Midlands, and Cornwall continued to get faster.

Welcome to Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending January 26, 2013.

Fibre lights up in Lancashire: Broadband Rollout Roundup 26/01/2013
B4RN’s Newton farmers dig in (Image: B4RN)

Fibre farmers just keep on digging

Lancashire-based Broadband for the Rural North has switched on its second village and recruited another community to dig their own fibre.

The first customers in the village of Arkhome came online on January 16, while residents of Newton residents have joined together to finance their dig and work for shares.

B4RN co-ordinator and fibre evangelist Chris Conder said: “Arkhome is now live. B4RN is now officially faster than 99% of the UK.”

The project is mostly financed by local residents and well-wishers who have bought shares or sponsored fibre ducting, while farmers and residents have pledged to lay and install the network.

FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) connections are bringing speeds of up to 1Gbps, as well as phone connections, to 2,500 properties in the remote Lune Valley.

More than 50,000 places in line for BT superfast connections

Openreach has converted exchanges reaching 50,800 UK homes and businesses for up-to-80Mbps fibre broadband.

The last mile connection provider is now installing street cabinets around the exchanges, although being Openreach it doesn’t publish a list of addresses which will benefit from FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet).

This week’s upgrades are below (and include Willenhall, which was last week misfiled under Coventry):

  • Wolverhampton and Willenhall: 21,000
  • Birmingham: 2,700 in Central and Sparkbrook
  • Newport (Shropshire): 5,900
  • Woburn Sands (Milton Keynes): 3,500
  • Arbroath (Angus): 11,100
  • Dundee Baxter: 6,600 in Maryfield, Craigie and Stannergate areas of the city

Superfast Cornwall speeds up the wild West Country

BT fibre broadband trial project Superfast Cornwall has lit up five more exchange areas with its mix of superfast and ultrafast broadband.

Most homes and businesses are being put in range of up-to-80Mbps FTTC, with some businesses eligible to test drive FTTP at up-to-330Mbps.

Switched on this week are:

  • Tregony
  • Mount Charles (St Austell)
  • Upton Cross (Rilla Mill)
  • Bodmin Station and Castle Canyke


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