I am please to be able to confirm the first clue that an upgrade to Superfast Broadband may be on the cards for parts of Uplyme and Rousdon. This would be excellent news for both businesses and individuals and would ensure that our ward is not left further behind in the opportunities provided by the digital economy.
East Devon District Council has today received a letter from BT Openreach, indicating their intention to install fixed-line broadband equipment as part of their expansion of broadband accessibility. This sort of work does not require planning application or approval, there is no right of refusal or fee involved, but Openreach formally notifies the authority in writing one month in advance of their intention to install the equipment.
The two cabinet location specified in the notification are replacements for the existing PCP008 cabinet at the rear of 3 Ethelston’s Close, Uplyme DT7 3UJ, and PCP011 near Shrubbery Bungalow, Rousdon DT7 3XW.
In each case new cabinets will replace existing green cabinets (PCP) where lines are collected together from individual properties before routing back to the telephone exchange at Lyme Regis.
By upgrading the cabinets and adding an optical fibre link between each and the main exchange (known as FTC or ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’) it will be possible to deliver Superfast Broadband at the cabinet up to 80Mb, similar to BT ‘s ‘Infinity 2’ product or up to 40Mb with their ‘Infinity 1’ product or equivalent from other ‘retail’ broadband supplier which uses the Openreach network. These potential speeds will be available at site of the new cabinet only.
As the final leg of the link between our properties and the PCP cabinets is over the existing ‘copper’ lines, the speeds available will decrease rapidly. Superfast Broadband, which is defined as in excess of 24Mb, should normally be available up to approximately 1.8Klm line length from the cabinet assuming good line quality. If your copper cable length from the box is greater than 1.8Klm, you will not be able to connect at Superfast speeds and the improvement in your speeds may not be significant.
I have been watching the progress of these notiifications over the last couple of years and it is great news to be able to report the first positive steps with physical installation of upgraded equipment in our rural ward.
A cautionary note however.… an indication of installation of equipment, whilst a positive step, does not necessarility mean local launch of the service in imminent. Several earlier cabinet upgrades in the Lyme area took a significant time before service was actually available. It is important that we do not ‘count our chickens’, as we cannot be certain of the outcome at this point, but this is positive start non the less. Hopefully Openreach will follow up with a timely ‘go live’ date.