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 checker. The full BDUK project postcode list was first released at the Superfast Surrey launch event in February, but the updates made during and on completion of “phase 1″ were only published via the new version of their postcode checker. We can thus present what we believe is the first published statistical indication of progress at the end of phase 1, which was scheduled for completion on 30th September 2013.
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This means that 14% of postcodes in the “intervention area” were thought by BT and SCC to have “access to fibre broadband” as at 7th October 2013. Further cabinets are being enabled from time to time, so this figure will have improved significantly by now, and in total 39% of postcodes should be enabled by the end of the year. However, continuing lack of transparency means that we are unlikely to be given any indication as to numbers who find they are unable to order the service due to line length or quality, or those others who still cannot get a 15 Mbps minimum service.
The updated full postcode list is available here: Superfast Surrey postcodes
The Superfast Surrey team are now publishing newly enabled cabinets on Twitter. Unfortunately someone in the team has decided it’s a good idea to bombard their “followers” with photos of cuddly toys and other such frippery, so to filter this out use this link: Superfast Surrey Filtered Tweets
When using their postcode checker beware the trap I fell into recently. I pasted in RH5 6LX and the checker popped up a bubble saying “Status: You should have access by the end of December 2013″, and I used this information in the email I was writing at the time. In my haste I had not noticed that the pop-up heading was for RH5 6LZ, and in fact the postcode I checked was not found (i.e. in a “commercial” area). The checker seems to do this if you have done an earlier search and clicked around a bit. All the more confusing in the case because the postcode concerned is surrounded by “intervention” postcodes. My correspondent was confused by the result for a different reason; he (correctly) was not presented with the pop-up, but instead was faced by several markers on nearby premises surrounding his own. The area is sparsely populated, so it appeared to him that a few lucky neighbours had been selected somehow to receive FTTC. He did not reliase that each marker represents the centre of a postcode. If you click on the Satellite option for his map it’s easy to understand the mistake. If anyone from Superfast Surrey is reading this; please will you add some guidance notes to this otherwise much improved facility.
It seems that Surrey is the only such project which has been able to publish the full postcode list; see this Computer Weekly article and follow the links therein for juicy details.