Hundreds of people in the broadband ‘slowspot’ of central Bradley Stoke could soon be able to order new ‘superfast’ services after work began to install a new fibre-enabled telephone cabinet on the corner of Brook Way and Savages Wood Road.
Roads served from this cabinet (no. 34) include Crystal Way, Diana Gardens, Kemperleye Way, Penrose Drive, Snowberry Close, The Spinney and Three Brooks Lane.
The casing for the new cabinet was lifted onto its base on Friday afternoon (see photo above) but it is believed that a significant amount of work remains to be done before the facility goes live.
If experience from other recent cabinet upgrades in the town are any guide, this could take around six to eight weeks, meaning that the first subscribers could be enjoying connection speeds up to 76Mbps (more than fifty times current levels for some) by early August.
Are you connected to cabinet 34? To find out, follow the instructions on our Superfast Broadband Upgrade Status page.
Consumers on exchange only (EO) lines, which are connected directly to the Almondsbury telephone exchange without passing through a street-side cabinet, will not benefit from the current work. In order to bring superfast broadband to this group of subscribers, it will be necessary to rearrange the existing copper network and install cabinets at completely new locations. South Gloucestershire Council, which is part-funding the superfast broadband work under a state-subsidised programme, has previously said that it expects the first EO cabinets in Bradley Stoke to be installed in the autumn.
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