The days of frustratingly-slow broadband connections look set to come to an end within the next couple of weeks for some lucky subscribers on 01454 telephone numbers in Bradley Stoke, after internet service providers (ISPs) began taking orders for superfast fibre broadband.
Journal readers connected to cabinet numbers 22 (Brook Way) and 35 (Webbs Wood Road) have today (26th March) reported that they were able to place orders for the new service, with installation dates as early as next week (early April) being promised by ISPs.
Streets served by cabinet 22 are believed to include Cornfield Close (part), Dewfalls Drive, Stoke Meadows, Wheatfield Drive and Winsbury Way, while cabinet 35 serves Juniper Way (part) and Marjoram Close.
The long-awaited upgrade to Bradley Stoke’s broadband infrastructure will eventually benefit around 3,500 homes in the town, thanks to an investment programme that is being jointly funded by BT, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and central government.
Work on the project appears to be running ahead of schedule as SGC previously indicated that the first homes would be able to order the new service from “summer 2014” (taken to mean 1st June).
To access superfast broadband services once they become available, consumers will have to sign up for a fibre broadband package from an ISP of their choice (e.g. BT, TalkTalk, Sky, PlusNet, EE). These currently cost £5 to £10 per month more than a standard ADSL (copper wire) service and there may be one-off charges for the provision of a new router and activation of the service.
To find out if you can order the new service, follow the instructions on our Superfast Broadband Upgrade Status page.
Ready to order fibre broadband? Check out The Journal’s Fibre Broadband Deals page where we list the packages currently on offer from the main ISPs.
Please use the comments section after this article to tell us if you have been able to place an order. If possible, also mention which street you are in, which ISP you are using, and how much you have paid (package name, activation/connection fee and monthly charge).
Photo: BT Openreach engineers at work on cabinet 32 in Brook Way.
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