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First superfast villages in the West Country named: Broadband Rollout Roundup 29/06/2013

This week’s edition of Broadband Rollout Roundup features the latest data on availability of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband from BT as part of the company’s own £2.5 billion two-thirds rollout and the Superfast Cornwall project. 

For the first time in Cornwall, we’ve seen exchanges being listed as ready for FTTP On Demand, BT’s programme that allows customers with access to an FTTC line able to pay to upgrade the copper-based ‘last mile’ of their connection with a fibre line, making it a pure fibre optic line.

First superfast villages in the West Country named: Broadband Rollout Roundup 29/06/2013
Fleets of Openreach vans are zipping up and down the country upgrading the UK’s broadband infrastructure – when they’re not helping to clear out flood damage in the winter

As well as detailing which exchanges have been given the green light to supply fibre-based broadband to the surrounding areas, we’ve heard some more details from BT about the first rural communities that will benefit from the Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband Delivery for the UK (BDUK)-funded project.

Before we lift the lid on this, here’s a list of the latest exchanges where fibre broadband has been enabled. Note that just because your local exchange is on the list, your street cabinet might not have necessarily been upgraded. If you see your local exchange named below, check it against data on SamKnows to find out of you can get fibre-based broadband in your area. 


  • Ashbourne (FTTC) Derbyshire Dales District
  • Hayling Island (FTTC) Havant District 
  • Mexborough (FTTC) Doncaster District 
  • Northbourne (FTTC) Bournemouth 
  • Osmotherley (FTTC) Hambleton District
  • Polruan (FTTC) Caradon District
  • Rownhams (FTTC) Test Valley District
  • Shirley (FTTC) City of Southampton
  • Sleights (FTTC) Scarborough District
  • Topcliffe (FTTC) Hambleton District
  • Whitby (FTTC) Scarborough District


  • Glasgow Shettleston (FTTC/P) Glasgow City

Fibre to the Piskies: Latest FTTP locations for Superfast Cornwall revealed

Superfast Cornwall has revealed where the latest FTTP locations for Cornwall are. 

A small number of locations connected to the exchanges in the following area will be able to order FTTP, others FTTC. Those areas that are part of the FTTP On Demand programme are listed as ‘FOD’.

FTTP is available in the following areas of Cornwall:

  • Callington (FTTC/P) Caradon District
  • Falmouth (FTTC/P/FOD) Carrick District
  • Gunnislake (FTTC/P) Caradon District
  • Liskeard (FTTC/P) Caradon District
  • Newquay (FTTC/P) Restormel District
  • Penzance (FTTC/P) Penwith District
  • St Austell (FTTC/P) Restormel District
  • St Ives (FTTC/P) Penwith District
  • Truro (FTTC/P) Carrick District
  • Wadebridge (FTTC/P) North Cornwall District 

Superfast West Country: Seven villages in Devon and Somerset named

BT has revealed the first seven villages to benefit from the £94 million Connecting Devon and Somerset BDUK project.

High-speed fibre optic broadband will start to become available in Bishops Lydeard, Bradford on Tone, Creech St Michael, Monkton Heathfield (near Taunton) Moretonhampstead, Holsworthy and Sticklepath (near Okehampton)  by the end of this year. 

By early 2014, this first phase of the programme is due to have made the high-speed technology available to at least 15,000 homes and businesses across these villages.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme will deliver fibre-based broadband to 90 per cent of Devonshire and Somerset areas by the end of 2016. BT plans to ensure a minimum of 2Mbps for all premises and is actively seeking more ways to extend superfast broadband across the whole area. 


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