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BT reveals latest fibre roll-out locations

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

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BT has said 24 further Westcountry communities are due to be connected to high-speed fibre broadband network, as it continues its £2.5 billion UK-wide Openreach roll out.

Towns including Torquay, Barnstaple, Plymstock, Tavistock, Okehampton, Honiton, Totnes, Bovey Tracey, Dawlish, Tiverton and Yelverton – are due to be upgraded in 2013.

The investment project will upgrade broadband networks through a mixture of fibre-to-cabinet and fibre-to-premises technologies.

The fibre-to-cabinet service, which relays high-speed broadband the final distance to consumers' doors via existing wiring, has the capacity to increase download speeds to 80 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.

BT also plans to roll out a fibre-to-premises on demand facility, enabling businesses located in areas served by fibre-to-cabinet to access speeds of up to 330Mbps.

Jon Reynolds, BT's South West regional director, said:

"The fibre broadband network we're building today will underpin the local economy for many years to come – and we're keen to go further, working with the public sector to take technology to places outside current commercial roll-out plans."

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  • DavidT5000  |  September 26 2012, 9:22PM

    Don't know where to start talkmon as just about everything you have written is based on a misunderstanding of my position at least.. I assume you know very little about broadband. Devon has the worst provision in the entire UK. It is not new technology, its just Devon is many years behind the rest of the UK. Broadband didn't exist when I bought my property so again irrelevant. Telling people to move really isn't an argument unless we want to increase congestion and damage job prospects elsewhere. Its not about individuals its about communities. In an area of terrible wages and high unemployment I believe we need every tool available to try and improve things. I understand why BT have no interest in exchanges like mine and have always said so. What I don't like is the way BT refuse to be honest about it and tell it like it is. There is no money in it, simple really. I assume you are aware we are now in the age of compulsory electronic compliance. Many people cannot get any conventional broadband connection at all in our area yet for instance those who will receive Universal Credit will need to report every month online. No other method allowed. Many other things now have to to be done online. If its compulsory then the infrastructure should be in place.

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  • thetalkmon  |  September 26 2012, 8:52PM

    Why does everyone seem to think they should be getting the fastest broadband technology as soon as its available? You chose to live in the house with the information available that you probably wouldn't get the fastest broadband and there is nothing stopping you moving to another area if its so important!

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  • DavidT5000  |  September 26 2012, 8:49PM

    MadSolutions that was the very point I was making in my post and why I asked abut street cabinets. BT have a history of being somewhat less than completely open on the subject of broadband. The odd up to "20 meg upgrades" have often been accompanied by press releases that do not really tell the real story at all. Hence all the disappointed people who don't understand why their broadband hasn't improved. Same with % coverage statistics which although truthful are potentially very misleading. By doing Bideford and Barnstaple exchanges BT will be able to claim a large coverage whilst ignoring virtually all the exchanges in north Devon. Its scary just how much the rest of us are relying on Connecting Devon to come through and come through now now over a ten year period. Its a shame WMN or NDJ just print the stories and don't have a journalist prepared to ask the right questions or someone who knows a little bit more about what they are reporting on. In this case asking for confirmation of which street cabinets will be fibred up is essential to know. I would love too see John Reynolds have to answer some real questions just for once. I'm tired of the spin.

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  • MadSolutions  |  September 26 2012, 8:28PM

    Before everyone gets really excited, check out this article from PC Pro in June 2012, it makes alarming reading really. http://tinyurl.com/9jguexd

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  • MadSolutions  |  September 26 2012, 8:28PM

    Before everyone gets really excited, check out this article from PC Pro in June 2012, it makes alarming reading really. http://tinyurl.com/c3x95hg

  • MadSolutions  |  September 26 2012, 8:28PM

    Before everyone gets really excited, check out this article from PC Pro in June 2012, it makes alarming reading really. http://tinyurl.com/c3x95hg

  • DavidT5000  |  September 26 2012, 1:48PM

    Good to see progress for Barnstaple at long last. We should all welcome that even if it is way overdue. I think that now makes it 2 out of 101 exchanges in north Devon scheduled for Fibre. Most of the rest of us can't even get ASDL+2! Now BT have confirmed they are doing two exchanges It won't be long be Mr Reynolds pops up telling us this means 80% of North Devon will get fibre and ignoring the 99% of exchanges and large % of the geography of the area with nothing. Connecting Devon should be publishing it's report any day now to tell us what they hope to able to do for the remaining 99% of North Devon that BT has no interest in. We can only hope Connecting Devon has come up with the private investors that manes the majority of us have any chance of improved broadband let alone Fibre. Mind you being on a 480 line exchange I won't hold my breath. Did BT confirm they would be fibreing up every street cabinet connected to the Barnstaple exchange. This somewhat vital piece of information for the people of Barnstaple is missing from the above report.

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