Category Archives: FTTC Roll-out

Superfast Surrey – Scrutiny of Performance

Thanks to Phil for spotting an internal report to the SCC Overview & Scrutiny Committee for their meeting on 23rd April. Such reports are made available on the SCC web site, but are not generally brought to public attention. It contains … Continue reading

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Surrey County Council’s new broadband Open Market Review

Superfast Surrey have just published their new “Request for information on broadband infrastructure provision” at superfastsurrey.org.uk. This paves the way for a Public Consultation, due to take place in the Autumn, which will help determine any further public investment in “superfast” broadband … Continue reading

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Ellens Green gets partial FTTC availability

Ellens Green premises are mostly connected to cabinet 2 on the Rudgwick exchange, so were waiting on the West Sussex roll-out. Whilst not all checkers have yet been updated, the key BT Wholesale checker is now showing FTTC (“fibre” broadband) availability for … Continue reading

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Final month of “main” Surrey fibre deployment

The December edition of the Superfast Surrey newsletter is rather more informative than the last few. It reveals that the more challenging jobs have now been relegated to a secondary deployment; i.e. as per usual practice, Openreach just bump them back one … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey Half Term Report

At the half way point in the Superfast Surrey fibre broadband roll-out, Thinkbroadband have performed their own analysis, and estimate that only 91% of premises in the sampled Oxted area will be able to get a “superfast” speed of 24 Mbps … Continue reading

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BT Trial of Mini Cabinets in Yorkshire

Openreach and SCC have mentioned “mini cabinets” as a possible future solution for long lines in Ewhurst, to be investigated at the end of Superfast Surrey project. This North Yorkshire trial appears to cover the same proposed use of mini … Continue reading

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Surrey Broadband Delivery Progress Phase 2

According to Superfast Surrey, Openreach managed to enable over 64 cabinets for “fibre” broadband during the Christmas period, in spite of the floods, power cuts and extensive storm damage. In Cranleigh, these included cabinet 7 (Horseshoe Lane), and premises in … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey Progress Analysis

The very helpful broadband experts at Mouselike have created an updated list of Surrey Intervention Area postcodes, with FTTC status, in a database and Excel friendly format. This data is published by Superfast Surrey in the form of their new postcode … Continue reading

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BT Promise to Ewhurst

It is somewhat encouraging to find the possibility of further improvement for the Ewhurst outliers, along with other long lines in Surrey, made in a newly published commitment from SCC. However, the same Superfast Surrey FAQ response states that the contractual … Continue reading

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FTTC Available in Elstead, Bramley and Nutfield

We hear that “fibre broadband” (Fibre To The Cabinet) is now available in some parts of Elstead, and I have personally checked one number in South Nutfield. Elstead, Bramley and Nutfield Ridge were in the list of 14 exchanges, announced on … Continue reading

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Superfast Surrey Early Steps

Whilst there was nothing new announced at the public meeting held for the Redhill and Reigate area in June, the Superfast Surrey team re-affirmed their committment to 100% coverage in some form. Meanwhile the first Surrey “intervention area” cabinet was enabled … Continue reading

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Expansion of cabinets 19 and 20

We hope that “fibre” broadband orders are now being accepted again for lines connected to cabinet 19 following a two month suspension. BT Openreach have not provided a full explanation, but we believe that cabinets 19 and 20 have been subject … Continue reading

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Access to superfast broadband

In his election flyer, Alan Young claims that he has helped to achieve “Access to superfast broadband available for those choosing to switch to this.” This has angered some in Ewhurst who have tried to order “superfast broadband”, but either … Continue reading

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Planning delay to Arts Centre FTTC

Cranleigh Arts Centre is connected to cabinet 16, and it was reported in the Surrey Ad last week that residents objected to the proposed new FTTC cabinet location in the 2011 planning application. Being so close the the Cranleigh exchange, … Continue reading

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Sky “fibre” broadband in Ewhurst and Cranleigh

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) are finally offering FTTC “fibre” broadband services in Ewhurst and Cranleigh. Several Sky customers contacted us after the Ewhurst cabinets were activated last year, complaining that Sky were unable to upgrade their connection, or even to give … Continue reading

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FTTC performance

Whilst ideally we should all have a fibre-optic cable right into our homes and businesses (FTTP), that is not going to happen any time soon. In the mean time the boffins are working on ways to squeeze a bit more … Continue reading

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How far does FTTC reach?

In general, FTTC (VDSL) will extend the reach of broadband, because it effectively shortens the length of the connection by the distance between the street cabinet and the exchange (by at least 3km in Ewhurst). However, this does not help … Continue reading

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Outliers Position

I recently attended a broadband meeting chaired by Anne Milton MP, hoping to clarify the position of “outliers” in Surrey (those too far from their cabinet to get satisfactory service from FTTC). The meeting was mainly concerned with broadband service … Continue reading

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BT Openreach FAQ

Updated Openreach FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page on the “superfast” broadband rollout, including a contact email address for enquiries (replies can take several weeks).

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Sky Broadband Reps Mislead Customers

I have just been conversing with the third Ewhurst resident who appears to have been deliberately misled by a Sky sales rep in the same way. These existing Sky customers have all been incorrectly informed that only BT can provide FTTC … Continue reading

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