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Until the Cowes Come Home: Broadband Rollout Roundup 16/11/2012

With Openreach finally putting the kibosh on its massive repairs list the army of engineers can finally get back on track with accelerating superfast broadband rollout.

While this makes for another Openreach-centric Broadband Rollout Roundup this week, we’re happy to see faster speeds making it to the Isle of Wight – Cowes to be precise – and the residents of Plymouth getting hooked up to fibre.

In total this sees close to 20,000 homes and businesses now able to order in FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband.

Here then begins Broadband Rollout Roundup for 16/11/2012.

Until the Cowes Come Home: Broadband Rollout Roundup 16/11/2012

More than 7,500 homes and businesses in Cowes get Fibre to the Cabinet

Over 7,500 local households and firms connected to the Cowes exchange on the Isle of Wight can now order in FTTC broadband.

The Newport and Ryde exchanges are set to be upgraded by the end of 2012 and BT has also announced that Sandown and Ventnor will be getting the high-speed fibre service and by the end of 2013.

In total, around 40,000 homes and businesses across the Isle of Wight will be able to benefit from BT’s investment.

Plymouth benefits from 12,000 new connections

Plymouth has benefitted to the tune of almost 12,000 new lines connecting homes and local businesses to faster FTTC speeds.

Premises connected to the Devonport exchange now ought to be able to order faster broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps, after engineers complete rollout over the coming weeks.

This brings the number of next-gen lines in the Plymouth area to approximately 76,000 – a figure which will increase when the Plymstock and Budeaux exchanges are upgraded in 2013.