BT Openreach has announced that subscribers served by the Filton telephone exchange are now able to place orders for superfast fibre broaband but there remains doubt as to how many homes in Bradley Stoke on 0117 lines will be able to benefit from the new technology.
The company announced in April last year that Filton would be upgraded in 2012 and the Openereach website had been showing “March 2012” as the date from which orders would be accepted. The green light for ordering was finally given last weekend.
Residents wishing to take advantage of the service must order it through a communications provider, such as BT, PlusNet or TalkTalk.
Rumours have been circulating that only a fraction of the 0117 subscribers in Bradley Stoke will be able to take advantage of the new service, possibly because BT is only going to install a limited number of new street cabinets or because properties are too far from existing cabinet sites.
A “Check if you can get BT Infinity” tool on the Infinity page of BT’s website can be used to see if you are one of the lucky ones able to benefit.
When The Journal ran the check for a number of 0117 lines in roads in a known broadband ‘slow spot’ in the south of Bradley Stoke, the tool told us that Infinity would be available from June 2012 in Rosemary Close but the service was not offered for lines in Coriander Drive or Tarragon Place.
We’d be interested to hear what BT is saying for lines in your street – please share what you find out by adding a comment to this story.
Subscribers on 01454 numbers, who are served from the Almondsbury telephone exchange, are still waiting to hear if BT will provide superfast broadband through the company’s commercial roll-out that is due to be completed by the end of 2014. If not, they will be dependent on South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) broadband project that aims to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the district by April 2015, with the assistance of a Government subsidy allocated by Broadband Delivery UK.
In a consultation that ran from 1st February to 16th March, SGC asked commercial telecommunications companies to tell it which areas they are planning to provide with superfast broadband over the next three years. The Council says it will publish the results of the consultation by 1st May. The Journal recently asked BT what it has told SGC about its plans for the Almondsbury exchange but a spokesperson declined to comment.
In another development over the weekend, SGC updated its website to indicate that the results of two other public consultations – intended to gauge the levels of demand for improved broadband across the district – have “now been published”. However, the pages for the residents’ and businesses’ surveys do not presently include a link to the actual results.
The Council had previously stated:
“The information gathered [through the two consultations] will be used as evidence to encourage commercial operators to invest in the local broadband infrastructure as part of a scheme being prepared by the council.”
UPDATE at 11:30am by Editor: After I contacted SGC to question the lack of a link to the consultation results, an officer replied: “I’m afraid the survey results report has not yet been completed by our Research Team. I have therefore changed the date on the website to mid-April [20th].”
Related link: Campaign for Better Broadband (The Journal)
Photo: Liberal Democrat MPs and Councillors met representatives of BT and Virgin Media in March 2010 to discuss Bradley Stoke’s broadband problems. Read more …
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