As far as we can tell, from the limited information passed on by various sources (thank you all), the recent work in central Ewhurst was to inspect and clear the existing ducts from cabinet 19 (Cranleigh Road) to 18 (The Green) and 20 (Bulls Head). It is unclear whether any further work is required on the ducts before the fibre can be installed.
Although work on the ducting between Cranleigh exchange and cabinet 19 appears to have been completed on April 6th, we are still waiting for the fibre to be installed. Therefore, we are now well past BT’s two week target mentioned in the previous report, with still significant work to do before the first Ewhurst cabinet goes live. The BT planners may be thinking that it would make sense to do all the Ewhurst fibre work at once, in which case it could still be several months before FTTC reaches Ewhurst. This is because the planning regulation issues with cabinet 20 remain unresolved, although it is unclear whether the situation has progressed at all since our last report (click here for latest status). A planning application for the new FTTC cabinet, to be sited beside the phone box near Plough Lane, was made to Waverley dated 26th March 2012, and a notice can be seen nearby. Mike’s contact indicates that the planning fee issue for cabinet 6 appears to be resolved, awaiting confirmation before (we assume) the application can be made.
We do believe that cabinet 1, near the roundabout at the Guildford Road end of Cranleigh, is now FTTC enabled, and that BT have started to connect the first premises in this area. We would be very grateful if we could be put in touch with anyone in Cranleigh who has ordered an FTTC service, or who is being told that it is already available on their line and wishes to go ahead. Lines connected to other Cranleigh cabinets are being given the June 30th date, like Ewhurst lines.
The BT Wholesale availability check is now estimating FTTC download speeds up to 76Mbps, reflecting the recent upgrade to their service. The BT Retail check has also been updated to offer the higher connection speed where available, but is now only offering “Infinity” on lines where the estimated speed is at least 15Mbps. This appears to leave those of us far from our cabinets (or on poor quality lines) out in the cold, with the prospect of a further wait for a sub-15Mbps FTTC service, if any.
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