Walter reports that BT terminated the Ewhurst end of their fibre cable from the Cranleigh exchange this week. However, there were still substantial duct blockages on the Ewhurst Road in Cranleigh. Consequently the Ewhurst fibre stopped outside the Cranleigh Show Ground when last observed. Openreach have given us a provisional (and probably over-optimistic) date of 16th July for completion of this fibre “spine” (to cabinet 19). Meanwhile, in Cranleigh village, we know of one new FTTC connection reporting 73 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream on a premium service (following a long and harrowing installation debacle).
BT works were planned in The Street for 28th June to 2nd July and 5th to 9th July, but we have not yet received any report of what was or is actually being done. It may be that recent storm damage has taken priority over this work.
BT Openreach have pushed back the official planned RFS (Ready For Service) date for (probably) all remaining Cranleigh cabinets to 30th September. These dates, as shown on the availability checkers, seem pretty meaningless. It appears to me that, a few days before the end of each quarter, someone remotely checks if any planned FTTC work is outstanding for the whole exchange. If so, then I suspect the date is automatically incremented by three months for all outstanding cabinets.
Mike Turner has given us the following status report, although the bad weather may now have scuppered that optimistic go-live date.
The latest date for cabinet 19 to go live is now mid-July but could be brought forward if the fibre from Cranleigh is completed earlier.
I also have been told that the work in bringing the fibre to the other 2 existing cabinets will continue so that when the new ones get permission there will be no extra delay.
Cabinet 6 is still a mystery, as no applications have been received by Waverley, so any wayleave must be a private one. I am still awaiting further info on this.
BT are still very optimistic that by early 2013 every outlier should have close to 15 Mbps (or more) and their line problems solved.
Waverley Borough Council have today notified Harlequin that their planning application for cabinet 20 has been approved. Hopefully approval for cabinet 18 will follow very shortly, bearing in mind it had an earlier target date than 20.
Following his guided tour of Ewhurst on 26th June, and Diane’s question to the Executive, Waverley Councillor Stephen O’Grady is forming a SIG (Special Interest Group) on the issue of rural SFBB (superfast broadband). Ewhurst Councillor Diane James has been invited to become a member. The remit of the SIG will be decided at the first meeting of the group.