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Uffington - will there be any improvements under BDUK?

#1
Hi,

I'm asking this question on behalf of a family member who has recently moved to Uffington. Uffington was provided with FTTC under BT's commercial roll-out, however the DSLAM/green cab is located at the very west of the village and so anybody towards the east of the village struggles to get more than 10-20mbps, not the UK Superfast target of 24mbps.

My question is given a significant proportion of the village cannot achieve Superfast speeds via the existing FTTC deployment, are there any improvements planned under BDUK for Uffington?

Many thanks, Ben
#2
Hi Ben,

We are currently undertaking work within the programme to identify coverage gaps in anticipation of the projected underspend within the original BT contract being formally recognised by BT. We are already in conversation with BT around some potential coverage areas, but at this point in time we cannot make any promises to specific communities until we have formal recognition of at least a portion of the underspend so that we can start to submit change requests for additional work.

Kind regards,
Owen
#3
OL Team,

What's the status of this as it's all gone very quiet? Heckington Exchange was upgraded some months back but the speeds for Burton Pedwardine on FTTC are actually SLOWER than ADSL. So money was spent on a completely pointless exercise. It seems that those that are close to the Exchange (and had decent speeds beforehand) now have even better speeds whilst the rest of us get no improvement, despite spending millions. We might be "Superfast enabled" but Burton Pedwardine can't get it.

Craig
#4
Good Afternoon Craig,

I am assuming that you are referring to Cabinet No. 2 off Heckington Exchange. You refer to money being 'spent on a completely pointless exercise'. I'm afraid I have to differ with you on this one. There are 567 lines showing against this cabinet, of which, 88% can get Superfast speeds. On the basis of nearly 500 lines benefitting from Superfast broadband, I would argue that the expenditure wasn't pointless.
However, I do acknowledge that not everyone off the cabinet will benefit from the upgrade and we are working very hard to identify those not benefitting and looking at whether alternative technologies or secondary deployments are feasible and will represent value for money. This is an ongoing exercise and we will publish more details later in the programme life-cycle.

Regards
Steve
#5
Steve,

You can not draw a conclusion of success based on a simple percentage from a cabinet that serves part of a densely populated large village that houses the exchange itself, and part of a rural hamlet. If almost 500 lines now have superfast speeds, perhaps you can provide details of what speed bands these lines had before FTTC was installed? Meanwhile, those in Burton Pedwardine who already sufferered from poor speeds have seen no improvement whatsover, can pay more for a slower service if they move to FTTC and currently have no clear prospect of that changing.

It is encouraging to hear that you are "working very hard to identify those not benefitting and looking at whether alternative technologies or secondary deployments are feasible and will represent value for money" but that is a vague statement with no timeline. I doubt very much you are working in this manner within this project, so perhaps more candour with the public about what is happening and when decisions are expected should be forthcoming? This would align OnLincolnshire with the NAO's 2012 stated aim of greater transparency in proejcts. Otherwise I suspect those of us in the slow lane will remain there while everyone else cracks open the champagne and congratulates themselves on a project well done.

Regards,

Craig
#6
Craig,

500 lines achieving Superfast speeds where previously they didn't, is a decent return on investment.
You mention doubts that we are working in the manner I had previously suggested. You are of course entitled to an opinion, but without evidence to suppport your assumption, it is simply that, an opinion, which unfortunately is inaccurate.
As we have moved through the deployment phases, we have compiled an inventory of communities that didn't benefit from the first round of deployment and we have already started feeding some into BT for them to survey and cost. The primary drivers in any decision to proceed or not, will be value for money and coverage achieved. We will not spend large sums of money providing an upgrade to a very small number of premises where we could have provided better coverage to a larger community at the same cost. Conversely, we will not go back over areas that have very good ADSL speeds and look to upgrade them, where we could spend the money elsewhere where need is far greater.
The situation is very fluid at the moment with the Phase 2 deployment still to be agreed and finalised. This is further complicated by the good news that additional funds have been added and some underspend has already been agreed to be released prior to contract end.
As soon as we have finalised plans, we will publish, but please be assured, we haven't forgotten anyone.


Regards
steve
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