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Four exchanges get BT FTTC, South Yorkshire and Cornwall light up: Broadband Rollout Roundup 10/08/2012

It’s been a quiet week in terms of Broadband Rollout Roundup here. We’re not quite sure what’s going on this week, but we hear there’s more interest in gold, silver and bronze instead of replacing copper.

The spotlight on the Summer Games hasn’t stemmed the tide of exchange upgrades and fibre rollout. This week we’ve got a handful of announcements from BT, South Yorkshire’s Digital Region and Superfast Cornwall.

Four exchanges get BT FTTC, South Yorkshire and Cornwall light up: Broadband Rollout Roundup 10/08/2012

BT Openreach reaches out (but not very far)

BT’s announced that FTTC fibre is enabled in a number of exchanges in the following locations:

  •     Ashington; Northumberland (FTTC) Wansbeck District
  •     Gipsy Hill (FTTC) Lambeth, Londo
  •     Redditch Old Town (FTTC) Redditch District (B)
  •     Stockbridge (FTTC) Sheffield District

Note that just because you’re connected to any of these exchanges, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll be able to order BT Infinity 2 or any similar 80Mbps FTTC services. If you’re living too far from a cabinet, your cabinet isn’t connected or you’re on an exchange-only line then you probably won’t be able to order FTTC broadband just yet.

Digital Region switches on nine more postcodes

Digital Region has announced the latest round of postcodes which can now order FTTC cable from Digital Region ISPs like LittleBigOne, Origin Broadband and Ask4.


S71 5EY
S71 5FD
S73 9BL




S36 9AX
S36 4GZ
S2 5BT
S36 9AW
S36 8YR

The Digital Region network currently covers 80 per cent of South Yorkshire with FTTC fibre broadband. The goal is to eventually get 97 per cent of the region covered, with 90 per cent to be covered by 2015, as per the Government’s targets.

BT, Superfast Cornwall and Polperro Methodist Church see the light

Superfast Cornwall has been a little quieter since its 10,000th connection fanfare. But this story about BT, Superfast Cornwall and the residents of Polperro is worth a mention.

There were problems finding a location for the green street cabinet in the picturesque village. So a compromise was reached.

“We started talking to Polperro Methodist Church in the hope that they would allow the equipment to be installed in their church yard,” said Mark Morris, a local network business manager for BT Openreach. “It was really the only location which was viable. Thank heaven, they were tremendously helpful and allowed us to go ahead.”

We see what you did there.

The project was a success and has seen 20 customers switching to the new service already.

Superfast Cornwall plans to roll out a combination of next-gen broadband solutions throughout the region and the Isles of Scilly, with 90 per cent of Cornish residents and businesses getting connected by 2015.