Work is now under way to bring superfast fibre broadband to hundreds of premises on ‘exchange only’ (EO) telephone lines in Bradley Stoke.
Homes connected via EO lines have, until now, seen no benefit from South Gloucestershire Council’s state-subsidised infrastructure upgrade programme, which has initially focussed on upgrading existing street cabinets using ‘fibre to the cabinet’ (FTTC) technology.
In order to bring superfast broadband to premises served by EO lines, BT Openreach, the council’s contractor, will be rearranging the existing copper network and installing additional fibre-enabled street cabinets.
A council spokesperson told The Journal:
“Excellent progress continues to be made with the EO lines solution in Bradley Stoke. This is a much more complex process than the FTTC upgrades and so takes more time to plan and deliver. We are also one of the first areas to implement the solution for EO lines, so we are leading the way with regards to this solution.”
“Of the five EO cabinets planned from the Almondsbury exchange, four will be in Bradley Stoke: no. 30 is planned to be erected at the top of Bradley Stoke Way [near the Hilton hotel], no. 31 at the junction of Brook Way and Savages Wood Road, no. 36 on Brook Way [close to the junction with Oaktree Crescent] and no. 38 on Brook Way [close to the junction with Dewfalls Drive].”
“There is still a lot of very complicated work to do to connect the EO lines to the new cabinets, but we are hoping that the cabinets will be live and ready for service in the autumn.”
Speaking about concerns that it might not be possible to upgrade all the (approximately 1,700) EO lines in Bradley Stoke, the spokesperson added:
“I’m afraid it is a little too early for me to be able to confirm how many EO lines will be upgraded. We won’t know this until closer to the time, as BT Openreach are constantly working to bring as many EO lines into the new cabinets as possible, in order to push the coverage even further.”
Is fibre broadband available to you? Are you on an EO line? To find out, visit our Superfast Broadband Upgrade Status page.
UPDATE (4th August): The cases for new EO cabinets nos. 30, 31 and 36 are now in position.
Photo: New fibre-enabled cabinet (no. 31) for EO lines at the junction of Brook Way and Savages Wood Road.
This article originally appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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