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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Tue 21-Aug-12 16:56:06
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As the old thread has closed this is new thread for Superfast Berkshire

Old thread link

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre/f/4062944-sup...

Project overview

£1.43 Mllion from BDUK, which is match funded by the 6 Unitary Berkshire Authorities to a total of £2.86 Million,this will then hopefully be match funded by the winning tender (Openreach or Fujitsu) to just under
£6 million for Berkshire.

The project should go into procurement between Nov 2012 to March 2013 and should be completed no later then July 2013 as set out by BDUK beacuse of the EU delays.

The contact will be awarded between May-August 2013 this may be delayed depending on how long the delay in procurement will be but work will then begin and continue to 31/05/2015.
As for which areas will be first, it will be left to the winning company to procede wilth the rollout, so likely the largest rural populations first from the towns and then outwards.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

What you can do now for the project if you live in Berkshire or know people that do is to register on the Superfast Berkshire website (Option on the top menu), all the results show up on the interactive map.
The purpose of registering shows the project team and any prospective companies the demand in the local areas and should influnce the rollout plan by the winning company.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

The map breaks down into parishes for each of the main local authorities in berkshire so you can see which postcodes have been registering.
Residential, Business and Organsisations all need to register to show the demand to the market, in particular Busines registrations are very important to the project.

By registering it proves to the market that areas it deemed unviable to invest (white areas), are actually viable which causes the market to invest its own funds while the public funding for that area is returned to the pot to be used to extend the reach further.

So a example would be that cabinets inside of a large village will be paid for by the market, while those outside which are more expensive will use the public and market funding.

As for existing urban areas in Berkshire large amounts already have access to FTTC and Cable services, with continued infill of FTTC across exchanges that have had FTTC deployment.
Exchange only lines are a issue in many exchanges both urban and rural, for those in rural these should be covered by the project. As for Urban their are market plans which will likely happen in 2014 towards the end of the commerical rollout where it is viable.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Thu 30-Aug-12 16:04:06
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More cabinets are going live in Newbury that where missed out in the 5b rollout, 3 are currently being installed cab 7 by grove/oxford road at the roundabout and 2 FTTC cabs for the 2 cabs by Hawthorn/London road in front of the Fire Station.

In Thatcham 2 cabinets are being installed- 43 which serves the New estate build on the old army depo and cab 2 in Southern Cold Ash- this work will begin in early September- proably live by end of September.

Tadely should be going live by the end of September as the remaining work should be completed on the last few cabinets.

Superfast Berkshire registrations are at 2696, with West Berkshire leading with the most registrations, which in comparison to the rest of Berkshire has the vast majority of registrations about 95% so far.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Thu 20-Sep-12 18:54:48
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September update.

September 2012 - Digital Champions Required

West Berkshire currently have 30 Champions and Wokingham 2, driving the signup campaign forward. There are still vacancies in 61 parishes across Berkshire.

Do you have the time and the energy to drive your parish or village into showing you demand Superfast Broadband? Flyers and posters, training and assistance are provided free and if interested please email David Allen - rdfallen@westberks.gov.uk


Which does reflect across the demand stimulation map where certain parishes in West Berkshire are into the 100's while others are less then 25 registrations.


The project is continuing to move forward into procurement hopefully before end of 2012 but this is still tba.

On the Openreach deployment further cabinets are having power installed in the East and North of Newbury.
Thatcham is seeing a number of cabinets being installed as part of phase 9b and their are also quite a few cabinets being installed for additional capacity in VM area's showing a strong take up of FTTC services.

Of a interesting note i spoke to the carillion telent engineers instaling a new cabinet who imformed me that they had 174/175 cabinets to instal by Christmas- they where next of to Tadley.
How large of a area they cover is unkown but it would have to be quite sustantial since the surrounding area many exchanges are either already enabled in and around Berkshire- so prehaps quite a few to be announced by Openreach or as part of the BUDK plan.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Thu 11-Oct-12 17:07:56
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October update

The Superfast Berkshire project is looking to enter the pre-procurement 16 week phase very shortly and this should result in an award of contract at the end of February.

If the above goes to plan, then likely to see work starting a few months afterwards, prehaps May/June at the latest.
The eastern LA's in Berkshire are very close to having nearly 100% exchange coverage for FTTC, this does not mean that all cabinets are enabled, so their wll likely be alot of infill via the program for those exchanges already enabled to hit the projects target.
West Berkshire will remain the LA with the most exchanges to cover as it is the most rural-15 exchanges to cover and then the 5 that are enabled will likely have infill where the commercial rollout has not gone.


The main focus still is the digital champions in each area, as their are only 2 outside of West Berkshire but work is underway to get the other la to get the parish champions up in their areas.

Current registration numbers are at 4801.

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Standard User Ivy
(newbie) Thu 11-Oct-12 19:41:57
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Thanks for the updates. I see from the press that the European Commission is on the verge of approving the UK's BDUK funding scheme, so that looks like one more obstacle to progress about to be removed. The European Commission had been scrutinizing the scheme to see whether it was insufficiently competitive and thus should be treated as a government subsidy so it's good news that they have arrived at a satisfactory conclusion.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Thu 08-Nov-12 17:57:32
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November Update

The Superfast Berkshire project should enter procurement on the 19th of November, the final meetings etc are taking place.
This will begin the 16 week procurement phase and the contact should be signed by February/March 2013, planning will then begin and work beginning in 2nd/3rd quater of 2013.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Tue 20-Nov-12 17:40:27
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Update to November,

As expected the project has entered procurement on the 19/11/12 and will run till June 2013 when the contact will be signed with the successful bidder.

The two bidders left in the framework are Openreach and Fujitsu, its likely that Openreach will win the tender as the amount of funding is too small for Fujitsu.

Demand registation is just short of 6500, if you have registered please do ask neighbours and friends in Berkshire to do so as well if they live outside of the major towns.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Fri 07-Dec-12 20:46:52
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December update.

Demand registration is now at 7400, with good numbers in the East and center of Berkshire, hopefully this will continue to over 10,000.

As for the project, the project manger has left the project and as such a new manger will start in January along with the procurement process.
This delay means the procurement will go from 14/01/2013 to 27/07/2013, this cannot be done sooner due to the restrictions of the BDUK framework and Berkshire slot in the system.

What does this mean, end date of procurement has moved back by about 6 weeks and will end in July, factor in another 3 months for planning will take us to November/December 2013 before any work will begin.

Though if their are further delays then it could be 2014 till work begins, so another year to wait.

Openreach commercial deployment

WINKFIELD ROW has gone live ahead of its 2013 date, leaving just BURGHFIELD COMMON/LITTLEWICK GREEN.

The unplanned exchanges stand at WRAYSBURY/COLNBROOK/WARGRAVE/ARBORFIELD CROSS,
in the east of Berkshire.
West Berkshire their are 14 unplanned exchanges, which with those above could possibly see in the last commerical phase.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Wed 16-Jan-13 21:25:51
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January update

Things are finally moving again as the project re-started procurement on the 14th(Monday) of January and it will run till the 27/07/2013.
Adding on another few months for planning work may start late 2013 in Nov/December and carry on till March 2015, for the rollout to complete.

Demand registration has reached 8241, hopefully this will continue to rise and break 10,000 registrations.

Cabinet deployment is still continuing across Berkshire, work is yet to begin on Burghfield Common as it is currently on the June holding date.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Fri 25-Jan-13 20:03:06
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January Update part 2 (cannot edit above post as its past the 12 hour limit)

Tadley has now gone live, for those connected to the Tadley exchange check the BT wholesale asdl checker with either your BT number or use the address checker if on SKY/TT full llu, to see if your cabinet is live and accepting orders.

Burghfield Common, has the first 4 cabinets planned for the end of the month- 2/3/5/7 this to site the cab and put in the fibre duct work- power should be a few weeks behind this.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Thu 14-Feb-13 02:35:50
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February Update

Superfast Berkshire Website has been updated, on the Home page the Berkshire local broadband plan and timescale/progress pdf which outlines the procurement process till its close in July 2013

The Broadband intervention area has been defined (MAP) and will be released to the public at the end of February when the formal public consultation begins.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

Demand registration is over 8500+, though progress has slowed in various parishes.

PCP 7 and 11 have had their power works finish, cabs 20/43/45 are currently having power installed between the 12-20th February.
PCP 10 in Thatcham is waiting for power currently planned for the 20-26 February.

Burghfield Common cabinets 2/3/5/7 have been installed- waiting for fibre/power works.
Littlewick Green cabinets 4/6/8/10 are having power installed at current- these serve the housing around cox green school.

The last and final commercial deployment phase (11) has been released by Openreach, their are no further exchanges for Berkshire, though Openreach have said about further exchange announcement and cabinet infill at older exchanges- (this already happens).

All remaining exchanges should be upgraded via the Superfast Berkshire project, its currently in procurement so things will be slow, the timescale pdf shows whats ahead till July 2013 when procurement ends and a supplier is awarded the contract, it will then be 1-3 months of planning and work will continue till March 2015 when the project ends.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Tue 19-Mar-13 01:19:54
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March Update

Superfast Berkshire registration continue to rise current total is 9241, the highest registration parishes still are in West Berkshire though their has been a increase in other parts of Berkshire which is great to see.

The Superfast Berkshire project is currently in Week 10/14 of pre-procurment and is on course to complete the procurement process by end of July 2013.

Burghfield Common cabinets 2/7 are having power installed this week.
LittleWick Green cabinet 7 is currently being installed.
Wokingham exchange- cabinets for Binfield should be ready by early April.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Sat 27-Apr-13 19:27:07
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April Update

This one is quite late in the month but their has been little to report until now.

The Superfast Berkshire project has completed pre-procuement and is now in the procurment phase which is the final 14 weeks, progress can be seen on the 28 week pdf avalaible on the site.

Section from the April news letter-

'Over the last two months, we have conducted various detailed contractual discussions with the approved suppliers resulting in the issue of our formal Invitation to Tender (ITT) to Fujitsu and BT Openreach on 22nd April. The project remains firmly on track and we await the receipt of their bids at the end of June 2013'

Registration has broken the 10,000 mark which is a great achievement, we currently stand at 10,130 registrations though more are needed.

Work is continuing across Bracknell and Wokingham exchanges, along with cab 7 on the Littlewick green exchange.

Burghfield Common work looks to have completed on the cabinets, could be a delay in the main fibre spine but the exchange should go live before the estimated September date but for all lines do check the BT wholesale checker with either a BT number or address if on sky/tt numbers to see if you can order a FTTC service.

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Standard User Zarjaz
(knowledge is power) Sat 27-Apr-13 20:55:45
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Wokingham exchanges


?? They are all done, and have been for a while, AFAIK.

Standard User zom22
(newbie) Sat 27-Apr-13 20:56:47
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Given that Fujitsu announced they were withdrawing from the process............it will be an interesting process of "negotiation" seeing that there is only one bidder!

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2013/03/fujitsu...

I'll bet the council willl be interested in the bids - all one of them: take it or leave it

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Sat 27-Apr-13 22:19:05
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It was a general update since the last one as their has been work on some of the wokingham cabs, still power work due on cabinet 34 in early may as shown on roadworks.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Sat 27-Apr-13 22:24:13
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Yes i know this and queried it with the team and was given the response that Fitisu are still part of the competition according to BDUK.

Its quite odd as their was always going to be one winner and with the new of Fujitsu's withdrawal from the BDUK process guaranteed this, maybe their still part of the process but will not repsond to any of the remaining ITT's.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Wed 12-Jun-13 22:04:48
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June Update

(Missed the May update as their was little to report, so up to June now.)

The project is contunuing through the procurement phase and we are in week 22 out of 28, the tender responses will not come back till the end of June.

Estimated that Openreach will invest about 1.4 million into the project to go with the existing 2.8 million public funding, the procurement will finish at the end of July where the project team will know what coverage they can reach wilth the final funding.

On the demand registration side, their was a recent clean up of duplicate registrations to reduce the total below 10,000, currently 9781 so please do register if you have not already.

Once procurement finishes in July, survey work by Openreach will then take about 1-3 months though it could be shorter, we wont know until we reach this point as this is where the rollout will be planned up to March 2015.

Locally, work continues across Berkshire with additonal cabinets being added in Newbury and Thatcham, work is also continuing at Burghfield Common and Littlewick Green over the next few weeks, we may see these exchanges go live by the end of June.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Wed 12-Jun-13 22:05:57
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June Update

(Missed the May update as their was little to report, so up to June now.)

The project is contunuing through the procurement phase and we are in week 22 out of 28, the tender responses will not come back till the end of June.

Estimated that Openreach will invest about 1.4 million into the project to go with the existing 2.8 million public funding, the procurement will finish at the end of July where the project team will know what coverage they can reach wilth the final funding.

On the demand registration side, their was a recent clean up of duplicate registrations to reduce the total below 10,000, currently 9781 so please do register if you have not already.

Once procurement finishes in July, survey work by Openreach will then take about 1-3 months though it could be shorter, we wont know until we reach this point as this is where the rollout will be planned up to May 2015.

Locally, work continues across Berkshire with additonal cabinets being added in Newbury and Thatcham, work is also continuing at Burghfield Common and Littlewick Green over the next few weeks, we may see these exchanges go live by the end of June.

Hermitage exchange in west berkshire now has sky/easynet llu so you can take the full advatange of the sky broadband products if you choose.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Sat 29-Jun-13 12:16:17
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2nd June Update

Their will be a delay in the second part of the procurement process as the project has increased its funding from both BDUK and the 6 councils/ plus the LEP.

So total public funding has increased to over £4 million,( see details below) what this means is that the invitation to tender has to be restarted and a supplies Openreach will not be chosen till the end of September instead of July.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

While more funding is good, it does ask the question why know when we where only a few weeks away from completing procurement for the 14 weeks to start again.

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Standard User zom22
(learned) Sat 29-Jun-13 12:43:26
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Well it's welcome to the public sector again - and probably EU rules.
After all we the public are always complaining about non visibility of public sector stuff - and this is the result.
So the change requires it to be re-tendered by everyone.

In a private sector contract this would simply be a contract variation.
Most engineering contracts I've been involved with are signed before the details are finalised based on a rough tender outline anyway and it is accepted by both sides that there will be modifications en-route and price variations as a result.
Indeed this is done precisly because if all the details were fully finalised prior to the contract being awarded the two results would be
1. Delays in the contract and delivery time frames possibly impacting the financing of and viability of the project in the first place.
2. The costs of doing a fully detailed tender for which you might never get the contract would be huge resulting in large overheads from the wasted work and hence an overall increase in general contract prices to cover this expense.
Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Sun 30-Jun-13 22:07:46
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Well the commercial deployment continues and LITTLEWICK GREEN has gone live, just leaves Burghfield Common, due September as the last commerical exchange.

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Standard User ccxo
(experienced) Tue 17-Sep-13 17:16:23
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September update

July and August updates where missed as their was little to report and any updates where covered by the superfast berkshire site.

We are now in the final 2 weeks of September and the end of the procurement process for Superfast Berkshire, the contract signing with Openreach should be announced either this week or next.

The likely course of events will be planning from now till the beginning of next year and the rollout to start in early 2014 like other BDUK projects, this is subject to confirmation.

The project was due to finish procurement by the end of July 2013, however the OMR showed that BDUK underestimated the number of properties in the intervention area- further public funding was obtained through lobbying and then match funded.

The public investment is now about £4 million up from £3 million, as the increase was over 10% the 2nd part of procurement had to be restarted, hence the September end date.

Newbury PCP 46 is having a FTTC twin installed in early October Junction of Greenham Rd and Pinchington Ln.

Burghfield Common is still down as CS for September 2013, all work looks to be completed but their could be delays.

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(experienced) Tue 24-Sep-13 21:11:17
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We are now in the final week of procurement, an announcement will be made before the 8th of October of the signing etc.

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(experienced) Fri 04-Oct-13 17:37:50
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The contact has been signed and their are a few updates on the website about the project, a new timeline for the project going foward will be along soon.

The project will start surveying in early 2014 and work then following with the first connections by early Autumn, the project will have 4 phases of fibre deployment with the 5 being the 2 mb/s deployment which is county wide.

The project will complete by September 2015.

The link below is about coverage and has 2 links of which one is a breakdown of coverage figures and the second a early map title 'fibre coverage map' for the 4 phases of deployment.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

As the survey work starts and moves ahead further updates will become available on the superfast berkshire website and the coverage map will update as plans are announced from the survery work.

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There has been discussion here on installs within cabinets at Littlewick Green exchange. I live between Maidenhead and Littlewick Green, just on the edge of Maidenhead and close to cabinet 75. There is currently a lot of Openreach cable laying going on locally. Does anyone know whether cabinet 75 has been enabled for fibre or if not when it is going to be? Thanks.
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(experienced) Mon 07-Oct-13 21:21:50
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Their is nothing showing on roadworks.org between Maidenhead and Littlewick Green- the only activity is cabinet 1 on LittleWick Green exchange in Knowl Hill is being deployed 17-23 October this is commercial deployment.

As for Cabinet 75 on Maidenhead i do not have it on any of my lists- it would be best to contact Openreach on the NGA email, incluede your phone number and address as they will ask for this.

Turn-around is estimated at 2-3 week reply but its normally alot sooner but they will tell you if its part of the commercial deployment or part of the Berkshire project- map suggest possibly but its too vague.

nga.enquiries@openreach.co.uk

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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 13-Dec-13 01:04:40
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December Update

From the Superfast Berkshire Website 'Superfast Berkshire continues to make good progress during the mobilisation and planning phase of the project in preparation for BT Openreach surveys starting at the beginning of 2014.'

Also the Berkshire RCBF State Consulatin was launched on the 10th of December and will run till the 10th January.

The document and coverage map for the 12 communities can be found on the below link.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

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(sensei) Fri 13-Dec-13 09:53:02
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I wonder how many of the "Superfast Berkshire" team live in the areas around Newbury? Everything is concentrated around there and nothing elsewhere in Berkshire such as some of the areas to te North West of Maidenhead.


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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 13-Dec-13 17:27:51
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Where the team live is irrelevent, West Berkshire applied for the RCBF funding in advance as it knew not all parishes would be covered by the main project, thers not enough money in the main pot.

From the anticipated coverage figures West Berkshire would only get to 79.2% superfast coverage, where as the other districts would all be over 90%.

If you look at the fibre coverage map for Berkshire the areas to the north and West of Maidenhead will be covered in phases 1 and 3, yet their are alot of areas missed in west berkshire and still will be even with the RCBF funding.

(Fibre coverage map and Anticipated coverage figures can be found in the link below.)

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

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(sensei) Fri 13-Dec-13 23:29:19
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I have just checked one area where I have friends living and I have provided assistance and support (to them and others) in getting some form of broadband. One of the maps suggests they are already getting 2Mbps - actually in most cases sync is down at 500kbps and often less.


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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 14-Dec-13 03:14:21
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Their will be inaccuracys with the maps as they are based on postcode data, how much time and money do you spend on mapping.

The project has limited funds and its trying to cover as many people as possible, their will be a % not covered as in all counties, they will either be covered by the remaining goverment funding pot or 4G etc.

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(newbie) Mon 30-Dec-13 17:56:32
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Any ideas what has happened to Burghfield if "all works are complete"? Has been "coming soon" for the last 4 months. Is currently showing "December 2013", but this date has been moved every month since September....
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Not sure on the delay as its been a while since i enquired about Burghfield but i would expct it to go live between January-March 2014.

You can email Openreach on the below address, do include a telephone number and address for one of the cabs being enabled- reply time is about 3 weeks.

nga.enquiries@openreach.co.uk

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Haha good guess - date now changed to March 2014.

Out of interest, how do they get their estimates so completely wrong? The initial date was June 2013 I believe.
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Wish I'd never asked now - does this mean we'll never see fibre, even though we're only approx. 350m from the exchange? Burghfield Common is listed FTTC/FTTP & FoD (Coming Soon) on the Openreach website...

Thank you for your enquiry about fibre broadband, You are connected directly to the exchange and not via a telephony cabinet located in the street, This is referred to as an E/O line.
Our deployment is based on the commercial criteria for each exchange and in turn, how broadband is delivered from the exchange. Unfortunately, as your line is fed directly from the exchange it fails to meet the commercial criteria. This is because the solution to deploy Fibre Broadband to lines connected this way would not provide a return on the investment based on the costs for the construction and on-going running costs.
We do not currently have any plans to upgrade E/O lines at this exchange, you can register your interest for upgrade via the following link http://www.openreachfibrebroadband.co.uk/expression-...
Please note, the telephony network over which fibre broadband is bespoke, as such, all premise are served from dedicated distribution points which are connected via their own underground duct network either directly to the exchange or to telephony cabinets. There are no interconnections that can be utilised to give fibre broadband services between E/O lines and cabinets, therefore, I’m afraid we technically can’t move your service to a cabinet. In addition, it is not Openreach policy to rearrange the network to enable services where they are not currently available, which is what would occur if your service was moved.

If you have any further questions, please ensure you have read the FAQ's on our website, http://www.openreachfibrebroadband.co.uk/faq/ . If your question is answered within the FAQ section, we will not respond to your e-mail.

Regards

Ted Banon
NGA Enquiries
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Estimates change because of unknowns like waiting on permission to do roadworks to clear a duct, in install duct for power, and things like how long the power company takes to get power to the cabinet.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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No plans under the commercial roll-out means, not likely under that arm as that finishes end of Spring 2014.

The criteria can be different for the BDUK process, and NGA do not answer with respect to that side, as the council have input, i.e. they may insist on certain EO areas being enabled to avoid lots of complaints, or just because a councillor is affected.

All down to the cost.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 14-Jan-14 00:57:33
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Their are plans for EO only lines in Berkshire but as with the whole project it will come down to if it is financially viable as their is a limited pot.

Most of Burghfield Common is covered by phases 2 (March 2015) and phase 3 (June 2015) estimated dates at current, phases 1 & 2 are currently being surveyed by Openreach to establish likely costs.

I think you may be part of phase 3, if you go to the link below and click on the fibre coverage map you can see what parts are covered by phase 2 and 3 roughly.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

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(fountain of knowledge) Mon 20-Jan-14 00:27:39
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I have recived a reply from Openreach they are saying late March 2014 for go live date for Burghfield Common though it could slip back to May 2014.

Interestingly their is cable works from the A4 in Reading down the Burghfield/Reading Road in Burghfield Common in the first and third weeks of February on roadworks.org titled 'BDUK CABLE RENEWAL'.

It could explain the delay with a cable needing to be replaced but could be related to further work planned.

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(newbie) Mon 03-Feb-14 08:15:16
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Have i got the wrong end of the stick? Isn't "fibre to premises" connected directly to the exchange? I've read there will be a cost involved (£500-£1000 at our distance) which we're happy to pay. There are a lot of premises connected directly to our exchange "you will not have access to fibre broadband" doesn't seem too hopeful.

BURGHFIELD COMMON FTTC/P & FoD

Dear Sir,

As previously explained, your line is connected directly to the exchange and we do not currently have any plans to upgrade E/O lines at this exchange. This means that under current plans, you will not have access to fibre broadband.

Regards

Tony Franklin
NGA Enquiries
W Web: www.openreach.co.uk
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 03-Feb-14 13:07:54
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All fibre products will link back to a exchange, what you are getting confused with is FTTP and FoD, Fibre On Demand requires your line to be connected to a cabinet with a Fibre Twin and the service to be live on your exchange.
As you are on a E/O line you are not connected to a cabinet and are unable to order FoD.

The Superfast Berkshire project will likely either install a new cabinet to transfer the E/O lines or FTTP may be built, though its more likely to be FTTC.

Burghfield Common is down as FTTC/P, so their may be some FTTP though i believe it was planned for a new housing development but not 100% sure.

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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 14-Mar-14 16:58:48
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March Update

Its been a while since the last update, Superfast Berkshire has relased the list of the first two phase cabinets that are being surveyed.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

The first phase is roughly 30 cabinets, these will be known once the suvery completes in April and the list for phase 1 deployment is released, ready for service could before December.

Burghfield Common fibre duct is currently being laid after the blockages have been cleared on the Burghfield to Reading Road, exchange should start accepting orders soon.

RCBF is still on going and the project is awaiting news, if the bid is succesful the RCBF work will join the main project.

BDUK 2- Berkshire has a 3.56 million allocation and is currently being discussed by the 6 councils, further details to follow.

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(experienced) Fri 14-Mar-14 18:43:20
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To give you an idea on timescales, I'm on the Bucks & Herts BDUK program, and I'm being told survey in April, service by late summer.

Cheers,
AP

ZeN Office
Draytek Vigor 2710n
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 14-Apr-14 23:51:22
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April Update

Survey work continues across the county- it will be likely end of May once the full list is published for the first phase of cabinets, openreach will start work on the first cabinets before the list is published.

RCBF has given West Berks £0.55m this will be used to upgrade 15 cabinets across various west berks parishes, otherwise they like the rest not in the first pot of goverment funding will be waiting for the SEP to take coverage to 95%.

Pcp 2 Thatcham looks to be ready for service by the end of April- Openreach have enginnerrd a solution for the power, just waiting for the rest of the work to finish.

Burghfield Common, work is planned for the next few weeks to lay more cable on the Reading road, should hopefully see this exchange finally go live.

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 15-Apr-14 16:02:38
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Slight update - PCP 2 Thatcham is now live, has been a year+ delay on this cab.

Also second cabinet suvery list is online- period is April to July 2014 and it covers quite a few exchange only lines.

Main site link for lists

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

2nd cabinet suvery list

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

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(newbie) Tue 15-Apr-14 16:39:38
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Hey ccxo

Do you know any approx timescales for the Horton end of Wraysbury? I know that I am connected to cab 40 on Stanwell Road. Openreach where and when states "coming soon June 2014", but I just cant see that particular cab being done until next year. Only because a document I saw on the superfast berkshire website said that this particular cabinet is not being surveyed until next year.

Any info would help muchly smile
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 15-Apr-14 17:20:49
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Cab 40 is connected to the Colnbrook exchange- cabs 40 & 46 are due for suvery between April to July 2014, so a rough timescale could put deployment before December but its all subject to survery.

Wraysbury cabs 1/2/3 are in the same suvery window April to July 2014, so its odd to see Wraysbury on the 'where and when' website as the surverys will need to be done- still working on the first list.

The Openreach where and when website can be very slow to update and will push exchanges back 3-6 months if their are delays- only 1 cab is needed for a exchange to accept orders.

The high level plan for Berkshire will change as each suvery is completed, so dates will change and maps/lists will update on the website.

The BT wholesale adsl checker is the most accurate way to tell if the service is live- either phone number or address- use address if on sky/tt full lu ie no bt number.

Just keep an eye on cabinet 40 and when a FTTC cab appears next to it- is roughly 2-3 months till its ready but the wholesale checker will tell you when its live.

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(newbie) Tue 15-Apr-14 17:35:33
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Thanks for the quick reply. I know I am connected to Colnbrook and that particular cab as I had a fault with the line last week

Thanks again
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(newbie) Sun 01-Jun-14 13:11:09
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Does anybody know anything about the results of the Berkshire January to March survey work and any subsequent enabling work? I am particularly interested in cabinet 7 on Hermitage exchange. It all seems to have gone very quiet.

We Want Superfast Berkshire
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(fountain of knowledge) Mon 02-Jun-14 01:06:34
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The results are not due till the end of June, Superfast Berks will then update with the phase 1 cabinets.

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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 06-Jun-14 23:48:23
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Not really much to report for May as suverys for the first batch of cabinets where underway.

June Update

Like May not much to report as the first deployment phase wont be announced till the end of the month, but their is duct blockage clearnance by Openreach across West Berks going on at current.

Second set of suvery locations is underway, EO lines in West Berks are part of this but like the first all is suject to survery before deployment.

Burghfield Common is being delayed to bring the BDUK cabinets on line (subject to survery), so go live date could be a few months still.

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(newbie) Tue 24-Jun-14 13:39:25
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Gang,

I live in Pangbourne, West Berkshire, and had registered my interest in BT Infinity and Superfast Berkshire at their respective websites a few years ago.

Hence, I'm guessing that I wasn't the only one to receive this email (included below) today. Despite not having come through with all the details intended, it would seem to indicate that developments are reaching a new stage in terms of the Superfast Berkshire roll-out.

I then used the PostCode and Landline checker at BT OpenReach and at BT Infinity, but both are still showing our location as 'Unavailable', though there is a disclaimer that updates may take up to two weeks to come through.

We live fairly near a cabinet (P8 if I remember correctly), which I believe is slated for upgrade according to this:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6355-berkshire-le...

Anyway, I have no idea of any proposed timeline, but given that the indications were that the surveys were to be completed at the end of June, this would seem to be a hopeful sign.

For What It's Worth...

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From: Superfast Openreach <superfastopenreachcomms.co.uk@my.westhill-mailer.co.uk>
Date: 24 June 2014 10:27:56 BST
To:
Subject: Superfast Fibre Broadband Update: Your local exchange has been added to our rollout plans
Reply-To: Superfast Openreach <re-DK5-2KPWB-GIA9US-BZOO4@my.westhill-mailer.co.uk

Dear (name),

Thanks for telling us that you're interested in superfast fibre broadband.

We're really pleased to let you know that your local exchange, {ExchangeName}, has been added to our rollout plans.

You can get more details about the current status of the {ExchangeName} exchange, and find out when superfast fibre broadband will be available, using out new interactive map at www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when.

Because there are instances where we can't upgrade every single street cabinet, we'd advise you to contact your preferred Communications Provider and use their line checker to find out whether or not your property will be able to get superfast fibre broadband.

Satisfy your need for speed, with downloads of up to 100Mbit/s – and join our superfast fibre revolution.

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(newbie) Tue 24-Jun-14 18:02:47
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Just to provide a quick update to my own post, I received a subsequent letter with the missing bits filled in, so it seems that this is legitimate, and that things are about to ramp-up. At long last!

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From: Superfast Openreach <superfast@openreach-comms.co.uk>
Date: 24 June 2014 17:27:17 BST
Subject: Amendment - Superfast Fibre Broadband Update: Your local exchange has been added to our rollout plans
Reply-To: Superfast Openreach <re-DK5-2KSYZ-GIA9US-BZOO4@openreach-comms.co.uk>

24 June 2014

We have been made aware that some people have received an incomplete version of this email - please accept our apologies and find below an updated version.

Dear xxxxxxxx,

Thanks for telling us that you're interested in superfast fibre broadband.

We're really pleased to let you know that your local exchange, Pangbourne, has been added to our rollout plans.

You can get more details about the current status of the Pangbourne exchange, and find out when superfast fibre broadband will be available, using our new interactive map at www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when.

Because there are instances where we can't upgrade every single street cabinet, we'd advise you to contact your preferred Communications Provider and use their line checker to find out whether or not your property will be able to get superfast fibre broadband.

Satisfy your need for speed, with downloads of up to 100Mbit/s – and join our superfast fibre revolution.

Regards,

Openreach Marketing

www.superfast-openreach.co.uk

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Standard User PangbourneMac
(newbie) Wed 25-Jun-14 13:08:08
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And, to provide an update to my update...

It turns out it was a False Alarm, according to the third email I've received from Superfast Openreach in the past 24 hours:

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From: Superfast Openreach <superfast@openreach-comms.co.uk>
Date: 25 June 2014 12:56:04 BST
Subject: Technical issue with Superfast Fibre Broadband availability update
Reply-To: Superfast Openreach <re-DK5-2KWD4-GIA9US-BZOO5@openreach-comms.co.uk>

25 June 2014

Dear xxxxxxxx,

We had a technical problem yesterday whilst using a new email system. The issue led to a number of people receiving inaccurate information about fibre.

Please ignore any emails you have received from Openreach in the past 24 hours and accept our apologies for the confusion this might have caused.

Regards,

Openreach Marketing

www.superfast-openreach.co.uk

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British Telecommunications plc 2014
Registered office: 81 Newgate Street London EC1A 7AJ
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Apologies for passing along the earlier misinformation from Openreach.

As they say in the newspaper business, "The Times regrets the error"...
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(fountain of knowledge) Wed 25-Jun-14 17:22:23
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Hi, the first batch of 64 cabs is subject to survery so we will not know until early July when the phase 1 cab list is published.

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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 11-Jul-14 00:35:50
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July Update

Superfast Berkshire deployment has started and Openreach are already in deploment- phase 1 list is expected in the next few weeks.

Deplyoment for phase 1 is split in 2 quaters, so July to September and October to December.

These cabs i have found via roadworks.org and work is planned over July, more will follow.

Newbury 27/32/33/64/83
Theale 3/6/8
East Isley 1
Mortimer 1/2
Burghfield Common 1/4
Chieveley 4
Lambourn 9

BDUK 2 funding for Berkshire has been agreed- £3.56 allocation from goverment with match funding required.

West Berkshire put up £1.475m, Windsor & Maidenhead £163,750, Reading and Wokingham are finalising- Bracknell and Slough will exceed the 95% coverage by the end of BDUK 1 so likely no funding from them.

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP is contributing £560,000 from its EU funding, pending approval from EU/UK goverment negotiations.

Total pot could be £4.7 million which is more then twice the orginal BDUK project for Berkshire.

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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 14-Aug-14 22:45:48
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August Update

Pdf on the superfast berkshire website which lists the exchanges and their cabs which are part of the project, covers phase 1/2 survey-cabs and exchange only lines.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

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Standard User muttley69
(newbie) Tue 26-Aug-14 12:01:58
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Nice to see that the EO lines haven't been overlooked (yet) - has been a little frustrating seeing the new cabinets go live in Burghfield Common, which of course only service the new housing estates - leaving established bushinesses and residents without fiber.

Was also slightly ironic that the big unveiling event of the first fibre cabinet was held on Recreation Road, which is all EO lines and meters from Burghfield Post Office which is also EO.
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(newbie) Thu 28-Aug-14 11:29:56
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I notice that there is lot of interest in West Berkshire, but not so much in East Berkshire. Can anybody help me understand the Berkshire upgrade policy. The cabinet I am connected to (Cabinet 19 off the Crowthorne exchange) has been fibre enabled, but due to the 'telephony legacy' my distance to the cabinet must be very long because I cannot get the Infinity product. In these cases, is there a part of the Berkshire plan to improve the availability of hi speed internet to customers already connected to an enabled cabinet?
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(staff) Thu 28-Aug-14 13:38:34
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The key is to understand the project DOES NOT have a goal of 100% of people getting superfast broadband.

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6582-magic-1-mill...

Shows the various targets and with a 90% goal across the county, then those on long lines on each cabinet will fall in the 10%, and should only get extra help if they fall under the 2 Mbps USC figure.

NOTE: BT Consumer will only sell you Infinity if the estimate is over 15 Mbps, others are happy connect you with a 9Mbps estimate and if this is a lot better than you current service is probably worth going for.

The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
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(newbie) Thu 28-Aug-14 13:55:44
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Thanks Andrew. No good news then. I guess it doesn't help living at the end of a Cul-de-Sac! I do find it hard to believe that there is no technology or maybe more likely 'incentive' to improve our internet. It's not as if I am living in the 'sticks'! I live in a street in the centre of town of at leads 100 houses.
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Technology is not the problem it is money.

Plenty of people who can be helped for less money probably in the rest of Berkshire so as long as you are able to get 2 Mbps or more then nothing will happen for you.

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(elder) Thu 28-Aug-14 14:39:14
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What does this checker say about your FTTC estimates?

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 56.6/14.1Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 28-Aug-14 14:40:37
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I live in a street in the centre of town of at leads 100 houses.
Then there are those of us living in a city of 8 million (London, 2Km from Westminster) who have no access to either cable or FTTC/FTTP and no BDUK funding to help improve our connections.
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(newbie) Thu 28-Aug-14 15:41:33
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[re: RobertoS] [link to this post]
 
BTO checker


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Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)

Downstream Range(Mbps)

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FTTC Range B (Impacted) 6.2 3.1 1 0.5 -- Available

WBC ADSL 2+ Up to 3 -- 1.5 to 5.5 Available
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Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Thu 28-Aug-14 16:51:39
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OK, BT Retail used to have "Faster broadband with Fibre" for that situation. I expect they still have. It means they can claim higher average speeds for Infinity frown.

Alternatively Plusnet, Aquiss, Xilo and many others would be willing to take you. Though of course you wouldn't get BT Sport for free, or some of the other goodies.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 56.6/14.1Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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Standard User WWWombat
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 28-Aug-14 17:35:43
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[re: MrSaffron] [link to this post]
 
In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Technology is not the problem it is money.

Plenty of people who can be helped for less money probably in the rest of Berkshire so as long as you are able to get 2 Mbps or more then nothing will happen for you.


I'll add a reminder here that there is a second phase to BDUK, where the target (for the UK as a whole) rises to 95%, and more money gets added to the projects. And, while not announced, you also have to figure that there will be a third phase - there are trials funded to give ideas for what phase 3 would look like.

BT is starting to look at technology that will go deeper into the network - which is the kind of solution you (the OP) need - and is likely to see more usage in the second phase (search for FTTRN). However, it is no given that BT will win these contracts, so you might find that altnets get a finger in the pie (as seems to be happening in West Oxfordshire).

Phase 3 would seem likely to comprise wireless umbrella schemes of some format.

You do get into some interesting politics & contracts issues though... as the phase 1 contracts include budgets for the 2Mbps USC; any extra investment through a phase 2 or 3 can interplay with that budget - a reduction that can be re-invested into additional superfast coverage somewhat. I'm not sure whether that means that it gives BT or county councils the upper hand in phase 2 negotiations (which will be going on right now).
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(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Aug-14 18:55:22
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Omers Rise is by no means a 'new housing estate' and it's available there.

Recreation Rd is very close to the exchange, and those there should happily see 20meg broadband.

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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 28-Aug-14 21:36:10
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Cab 4 in Burghfield village was the first live cab, the rest of the pr was held down on playing field next to recreation road.

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 23-Sep-14 22:14:27
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September Update

Cab deployment continues and the list looks to be updated every 2 weeks, best place to check the cab progress.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

The public consultation for BDUK 2 has been published, along with 2 maps Fibre and USC coverage that the main project will deliver.

Also their is a excel sheet with the proposed state aid classification for each postcode as of July 2014.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

On the fibre map their are green areas that are planned to be connected but are at risk of not achieving superfast broadband ie 24Mbps+. What is slightly odd is that its not taken account of the cab locations which in many green areas would turn grey once the service is live.

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Standard User PangbourneMac
(newbie) Mon 29-Sep-14 13:44:13
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
Gang,

For what it's worth, I can confirm that work has started in Pangbourne, and that the new Cabinet has already been installed for P8, at the corner of Reading Road and Bourne Road. Diggers showed up on Friday, new Cabinet in place on Saturday.

No word on how long it takes to get everything wired up, tested and running, but work is underway.

Regards,

-PM

Edited by PangbourneMac (Mon 29-Sep-14 13:46:19)

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 29-Sep-14 22:55:19
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Its about 3 months for each batch of cabinets, cabs 4/5/7 along with 8 on the Pangbourne exchange are estimated to be completed by December 31st.

Cab 10 and the EO lines on Pangbourne are still in the suvery stage.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 01-Oct-14 16:34:27
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
Superfast Berkshire Deployment map Sep 2014, map has postcode search and colours for each stage of the deployment.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

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Standard User tonys102
(newbie) Tue 07-Oct-14 11:57:51
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Interesting - I am in RG7 4GB, and yet it's telling me that I am not connected to that cabinet with my phone lines... How accurate is the data..???
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 07-Oct-14 12:03:30
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[re: tonys102] [link to this post]
 
Give me a team of 100 people for a month and will be able to tell you.

In the meantime RG7 4GB is split between two cabinets

The vast majority on a cabinet that is live for FTTC via the Burghfield Common exchange (cab 4)
and then a few on Reading South (cab 66) that is part of the project.

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Standard User tonys102
(newbie) Tue 07-Oct-14 12:19:25
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Yeah - I am connected to Cab 4, according to various checkers, but they are not committing to when it's going to happen... frown
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 07-Oct-14 12:44:46
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Address CHARLEN HOUSE, READING ROAD, BURGHFIELD, READING, RG30 3RF on Exchange BURGHFIELD COMMON is served by Cabinet 4

Has the following shown:
FTTC Range A (Clean) 69.5 52.3 20 15 -- Available
FTTC Range B (Impacted) 60.4 35 20 10.1 -- Available

A google check on those two postcodes suggests 2.5 miles distance between the two areas, and as VDSL2 range is pretty much 2km this explains why nothing is showing up for you, since VDSL2 will bring no benefit. Distance to the cabinet itself looks to be around 4 to 4.5km from your postcode.

So cabinet 4 is live, nothing is showing up for your postcode due to the distance to cabinet.

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Standard User tonys102
(newbie) Tue 07-Oct-14 12:52:33
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So - can I get my lines moved to the other cabinet.?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 07-Oct-14 12:58:06
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Copper rearrangement - rare and might be possible but who picks up the bill.

For now the likelihood is that the project will ignore you as goal is 90% superfast and you are in that 1 in 10 that's not so easy to solve.

Not good news, but that is the reality for now.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 07-Oct-14 22:32:11
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[re: tonys102] [link to this post]
 
Postcodes that are split between cabinets can produce odd results, in this case both cabs are quite a distance from the postcode but the postcode has been turned green as the cabs are live.

Really the postcode should be blue as the area will not get above 24Mbps from either cabinet due to the distance.

As the map is updated the area should turn blue, this then puts you in scope for the 2015-2017 deployment, though still a while to go before planning/deployment.

Berkshire will reach 92.3% superfast coverage by December 2015 but West Berks will only reach 82.9%. The majority of the second phase of funding is for West Berks but how far it will get beyond the 95% target is unkown at current, so you could end up in the last 5%.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 28-Oct-14 23:51:03
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The deployment map and the Cabinet suvery list have both been updated recently to show March 2015 deployment and cabs for further deployment in 2015- the RCBF cabs are in the suvery stage.

EO upgrades are starting with Burghfield Common pcp 6 and Theale cab 12, more EO is under suvery for deployment in 2015.

Once pcp 6 is live in Burghfield Common the exchange will have 100% cab FTTC coverage.

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Standard User mramcha
(newbie) Thu 20-Nov-14 15:48:54
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According to the BT Broadband checker, I am connected to Cab 6 in Burghfield Common. (I've been told that I have an EO line). I'm hoping that this is what you are referring to as PCP 6?

In that case, based on the superfastberkshire site, the Burghfield EO lines should be available after 31st Dec 2014!

Great news! (if my assumptions are correct)
Standard User Khan
(committed) Thu 20-Nov-14 16:19:50
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
I was wondering if Slough Main exchange's Cabinet 114 will be Fibre-enabled. frown Could you have a look for me please? My post code is SL2 5BT. TIA!

Edited by Khan (Thu 20-Nov-14 16:26:44)

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 20-Nov-14 21:30:04
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You are correct and the service may be live before the 31st of December, keep checking the bt adsl checker as it will update to show fttc live.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 20-Nov-14 22:12:01
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You will need to contact the project team, your postcode is shown as commercially live so it may not be in the scope of the project.

projectteam@superfastberkshire.org.uk

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Standard User Khan
(committed) Thu 20-Nov-14 22:30:49
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Thank you, I've emailed them and I'll keep you updated.

Dear BT, please enable FTTC on SLOUGH Main's Cabinet 114.
Standard User muttley69
(newbie) Fri 16-Jan-15 07:39:19
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For those of you who don't check every day, cab 6 for the EO lines has been live and accepting orders since Jan 8th - have placed an order and an engineer is coming on the 19th for my fibre install smile

Now to work out how to order a FoD upgrade....
Standard User Khan
(committed) Fri 16-Jan-15 10:27:41
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
Regarding my Cabinet 114, I got this reply..

"Slough Cabinet 114 from the data we have received by broadband suppliers which serves postcode SL2 5BT shows that it is planned to be upgraded by the private sector, and is therefore not in the intervention remit for Superfast Berkshire."

Is there any hope? I doubt the private sector is bothered as both BT and Virgin clearly ignore my road. =(

Dear BT, please enable FTTC on SLOUGH Main's Cabinet 114.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 17-Jan-15 00:39:52
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FoD has been suspended at current and it has not been rolled out to all exchanges.

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Standard User Gadget
(committed) Mon 19-Jan-15 08:24:41
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Are you close to the Trading Estate?
http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2014/01/bt-segr...
Standard User Khan
(committed) Mon 19-Jan-15 14:37:09
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No i'm afraid i'm further out towards east from the Trading Estate frown

Dear BT, please enable FTTC on SLOUGH Main's Cabinet 114.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 26-Jan-15 23:22:07
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January 2015 Update

The project did suffer delays with some cabinets delayed till the 31st of January, others have been put back to March 2015, most cabs have been deployed.

Their have been 3 EO and 1 cabinet that have been postponed.

As of the 23/01/2015 40 cabinets are live with a total of 8,381 THP (total homes passed)

Work continues on cabinet and EO lines across the county.

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Standard User petermjames
(newbie) Tue 27-Jan-15 08:10:07
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
We are in Ufton Nervet RG7 4EH and connected to Burghfield Common.

I signed up for BT Infinity in December.

The engineer arrived on Monday 19th January. When he had finished setting it up the speed (4Mbits) was slower than we were getting on ADSL (7MBits) so we reverted to ADSL.

Yesterday (26th) somebody from BT (offshore call centre) rang me. They didn't even know why they were ringing me and the call was transferred 3 times (speaking to 4 different BT representatives) with me having to explain the issue to each. Eventually they just cancelled the fibre order as they were unable to help.

We are about a mile from the nearest cabinet and I assume that is the problem although I can't understand why it should be slower than ADSL (BT's line checker is showing 6 - 11 MBits).

This looks like our whole community of Ufton Nervet (about 200 people) aren't going to benefit from the extra money being spent on BT.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 27-Jan-15 21:26:50
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Its about 1.1 miles to the cab from your postcode, so about 1,770 meters so at that distance FTTC can be slower than asdl as you have found out- if their is alot of cross talk this will reduce speeds as well.

Cab 5 on the Bughfield Common exchange was upgraded commercially so no public funding was spent on it.

Phase 1 of the project has a target of 92.3% superfast coverage by the end of 2015, Phase 2 will extend this to 95% or higher by the end of 2017. West Berks will have only reached 82.9% superfast coverage by the end of 2015, so combined with the 95% target their is 12.1% of coverage to upgrade by 2017.

So its a case of waiting to see if Ufton Nervet will be covered by phase 2 of the project, details should be known by Summer.

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Standard User robjames
(newbie) Wed 11-Feb-15 15:08:59
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
I understand that cabinet 10 in Pangbourne is still in planning state.

Where in Pangbourne is cabinet 10 located?

Rob James
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(fountain of knowledge) Wed 11-Feb-15 16:31:43
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Its opposite the bottom of Courtlands hill on the Tidmarsh road- September 2015 is the estimated date at current,

http://goo.gl/IFGK4D

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Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 11-Feb-15 18:53:28
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And when you look at it's location, and realise the traffic on that busy road is doing 40+mph, you'll see why no one likes working in that cab !

Standard User robjames
(newbie) Thu 12-Feb-15 14:26:28
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I can certainly see your point there.

But there is a 30mph speed limit at this stretch, and shortly before that (in the village) it is even 20mph, as far as I remember.

They would probably close one lane during any work there.

Rob James
Standard User PaulKirby
(member) Thu 12-Feb-15 14:33:27
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In reply to a post by Zarjaz:
And when you look at it's location, and realise the traffic on that busy road is doing 40+mph, you'll see why no one likes working in that cab !
Nothing wrong with that, they have the bushes to dive into tongue

Paul
Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 12-Feb-15 15:00:23
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ut there is a 30mph speed limit at this stretch,

Yes but in all honesty, when have you ever seen anyone keep to the limit as they head for Tidmarsh !

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 26-Feb-15 21:53:49
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February Update

50 cabinets are now live and 10,000+ homes passed, 40 more cabinets are planned for the 31st March 2015 which should increase the homes passed to 17,000 and the project back on track after the christmas delay.

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Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Thu 05-Mar-15 12:54:53
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[re: ccxo] [link to this post]
 
I would be grateful for whatever advice and information other members of this forum can provide about a problem with fibre availability in the part of Wargrave where I live.

There are two roads (Station Road and Watermans Way) - Post Codes RG10 8EU and RG10 8HR respectively where virtually all properties are showing as directly connected to the exchange when the BT Broadband availability checker is used. In addition to the residential properties we also have a large boatyard and marina who will be adversely affected by the lack of a high speed connection. The SuperfastBerkshire Cabinet schedule has an entry under Wargrave that says EO(10) which I believe means that a cabinet no 10 will provide a service for EO lines at some point. However, this entry appears under postponed so that point may be a long time in the future.

Since discovering this last week I have leafletted all my neighbours and there should by now have been a lot of additional properties registering their desire for fibre based broadband.

Can anyone please
(1) confirm that our area is EO
(2) confirm that we are included in the EO(10) plan
(3) throw any light on the current plans for providing fibre to our area and what we can do to accelerate the process. I have already alerted our District Councillors but haven't had any response as yet.

Many thanks in anticipation
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(sensei) Thu 05-Mar-15 13:09:12
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Have you actually checked the properties using the phone number - tat is te only way to see if they are definitely EO or not. If there is a Cab number then they will not be, lack of Cab No means EO. It is actually possible to have two lines to the same property - one through a PCP and another EO.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 05-Mar-15 13:11:23
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RG10 8EU 70% should be getting FTTC via cabinet 10 and RG10 8HR will all be served by cabinet 10 via the Berkshire BDUK project

Doing the EO areas means more work, so often is left until a gap in the schedule for the teams while they rush to get all the easy to do areas done first, i.e. hit coverage milestones

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Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Thu 05-Mar-15 14:22:51
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[re: MHC] [link to this post]
 
Yes, I checked my own number using
https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.Telep...
and got the following (phone number edited)

BT BROADBAND AVAILABILITY CHECKER
Telephone Number 0118940xxxx on Exchange WARGRAVE

I included the dslchecker address in my leaflet and all those who have come back to me confirm that their response is similar to mine with no cabinet number showing.

Based on that do you agree that we are EO?
Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Thu 05-Mar-15 14:25:08
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Thanks, is there a list of the properties that comprise the 70% that you quote?
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Thu 05-Mar-15 14:44:51
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Almost certain ...

As a further example I have just checked my place in Scotland - same building:

Telephone Number 014xxxxxx34 on Exchange XXXXXXXX.
Telephone Number 014xxxxxx82 on Exchange XXXXXXXX is served by Cabinet 1

And it is random as to which houses are EO and which via a PCP!


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Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 05-Mar-15 14:49:27
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(1) confirm that our area is EO

Oh yes, for sure it's EO.

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(staff) Thu 05-Mar-15 15:54:15
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Nope and until things are live plans can change so do not bank on a cabinet appearing.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 05-Mar-15 18:18:15
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2)No way to confirm as the work has been postponed and wont resume until phase 2 of the BDUK Berkshire project- plans can change.

As for why the EO was dropped, its likely cost/benefit was too high and their are more cost effective areas for phase 1 to fund.

3)The plans for your area will depend on phase 2- this is currently in procurement will have the contract awarded in June 2015. Planning will take a few months so deployment will be end 2015- to end 2017.

Nothing can be done to acclerate this process, its a case of waiting and councillors are unlikely to shed any further light.

Phase 2 funding is larger then phase 1 funding, so Berkshire should exceed the 95% superfast target set by the goverment, just a case of waiting for phase 2 plans.

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(newbie) Thu 05-Mar-15 18:39:55
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OK understand the situation, thank you
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 02-Apr-15 14:45:15
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March/Early April

The 31st has passed and the total of cabinets has increased from 50 to 71 by the 2nd of April,14,179 total homes passed.

Their are 19 cabinets that are delayed from the March 31st target, openreach are still behind on the planned date but are working to bring the project back on track- cabinets should go live in early-mid April.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 14-May-15 23:07:46
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May Update

The project has been a bit quiet due to delays but a updated list of 'targeted cabinets' has been published- the delayed March cabinets have been moved to the 30 of June and the next set for 30th September have been listed.

Phase 2 procurement is continuing with bids now in and the contract will be awarded by the end of June with details in early July.

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Standard User gigtek
(newbie) Fri 03-Jul-15 17:04:12
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There seems to have been a change in the roll-out map at Supefast Berkshire that at first sight doesn't make sense, perhaps someone can confirm or at least clarify. Previously Midgham, Beenham and Woolhampton, all RG7 on the Woolhampton Exchange had a go live date of Sep 15. This has changed so that Midgham and Woolhampton are now in the Under Investigation category and Chapel Row, previously Under Investigation is now seeing a go live of Sep 15. As the exchange is located in Woolhampton and a new cabinet has been put outside the exchange would it be likely that the exchange location would not get FTTC but a small village would? I tried emailing the Superfast Berks site but got no reply.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 03-Jul-15 17:28:23
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Cabs 1,2,3,4 and EO 12 (Outside the exchange) are all down for the 30th September on the Woolhampton exchange, these should all still go live but with the phase 2 announcement their could be a change.

The Beenham cab has gone live recently so work is progressing in the area, just have to wait for the cabinets to go live.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 03-Jul-15 17:33:57
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July Update

Phase 1

88 cabinets now completed covering 19,054 homes, a further 31 are due before the phase completes in September.

Phase 2
Has been announced the contract has been split between Gigaclear for West Berkshire to cover 11.700 homes with £3.7m of public funding and 16m by Gigaclear by the end of 2017. Build to being in November 2015 and estimated to be completed by mid 2017.

Call Flow solutions will cover parts of Windsor and Maidenhead (11 cabinets) on the Windsor and Wargrave exchanges-, will also adress area's around Burchett’s Green and
Horton.

£415,000 public funding from the council is being supported with a contribution of £120,000 from Call Flow Soultions, planning to being in July with completion by mid 2016.

Areas of Reading and Wokingham missed out due to a technicality to get a Call Flow Solution bid.

WarwickNet will cover buisness parks commericaly and Hyperoptic will do the same in Reading.

Press release below for more details.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

13,450 Homes total with a £20m budget.

It will be interesting to see the coverge plans by Gigaclear for West Berkshire as most villages and towns are covered either commercially or via phase 1 by Openreach, though their are still villages not covered.

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Standard User gigtek
(newbie) Fri 03-Jul-15 17:54:36
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Cabinet 6 which covers Midgham was definitely on the list for Sep 15 but now seems to have had its status changed to Under Investigation What would be the reason for this and why would EO (12) suddenly be getting it when it was not listed previously? BTW EO (12) covers the Middletons, not that I for one second would suggest they were getting preferential treatment smile Sorry to be a pain but I need to give the villagers a reason as there is a high expectation for Sep15
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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 03-Jul-15 18:29:10
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BTW EO (12) covers the Middletons, not that I for one second would suggest they were getting preferential treatment

But if the DSLAM is outside the exchange, they aren't going to see any improvement up there are they, still too far.

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 03-Jul-15 18:53:08
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Basically its distance- if pcp 6 was enabled if would benefit Woolhampton, Migham is too far away for FTTC to work, would need to build a new pcp and FTTC twin.

Gigaclear will extend coverage to 99% so you will likely see FTTP, its just a case of when as the build dates are November 2015 to start and finish by mid 2017, have to wait for the deployment news.

The problem with the coverage map is that it is Postcode based- quite a few cabinets have different postcodes that can be some distance apart- so if the cab goes live all the postcode areas change to reflect this.
A better map would be to show line speed from FTTC- that way you would see which area's benefit and those that do not as they are too far away.

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Could you clear up something for me?
I live in Wokingham and have been following the progress of the programme for some months now. According to the interactive map, superfast internet has been enabled/is now Live in my area as part of Phase 1.
The cabinet is Wokingham P76. However, when I go to the BT Wholesale Availability Checker and type in my phone number or address, it doesn't list fibre as an available option.

I have a feeling that my building, (although it appears under the "live" section) is probably connected to one of the cabinets in the Phase 2 areas.

Is there any way of confirming this?
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 18-Jul-15 17:44:03
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Hi, when using the BT wholesale checker- using either your phone number or address do the results show you as connected to cab 76.

If they do and their is no FTTC listed it could be either a error or you are too far away from the fttc cab- if you pm your postcode i can look at the distance.

Their are only 3 cabinets being enabled under phase 1 for Wokingham P2 & P76 are both live and P88 is due by the end of September.

P76- location is below, street view is a bit old 2009.

https://goo.gl/B0kARA

As for phase 2 the contracts where split for different councils- Reading and Wokingham had a bid from Call Flow Solutions but this was not completed before the deadline due to a technicality, no further news at current.

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Standard User RG41
(newbie) Mon 20-Jul-15 17:19:44
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
Their are only 3 cabinets being enabled under phase 1 for Wokingham P2 & P76 are both live and P88 is due by the end of September.

P76- location is below, street view is a bit old 2009.

https://goo.gl/B0kARA


I had been curious if excluding Wokingham's main trading estate (I wouldnt go as far as calling it a busines park) from the commercial FTTC roll-out was due to technical reasons or to prevent these businesses from being tempted to replace existing leased lines with more cost effective GEA-FTTC based services...

I havent been past recently enough to notice if a new DSLAM cab has appeared next to P76, although if you take a step back in Streetview there is marginally more recent shot from 2011 that unsurprisingly doesnt show any changes given that P76 was targeted for 31st March 2015 completion on the previous schedule that was published 19th December 2014 smile

Although curiously putting a random selection of numbers from nearby businesses into the BT availability checker shows that P76 primarily covers Eastheath Avenue and despite it being located very close to the junction between that and Molly Millars Lane, properties on Molly Millars Lane itself are served by cabinet 25.. even those located in the green areas which SuperFast Berkshire's map claims are 'live'...

Could 76 be a partial infill for 25 to attempt to only bring FTTC to the residential properties that have appeared on brownfield sites within what was previously an exclusively commercial area?
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Cab 76 if that's the one covering you and the park did not serve many telephone lines and that was the largest factor as far as I can tell.

i.e. no point enabling a cab with just 60 premises on it, when plenty of others with 200+ in the UK

Income to openreach from FTTC is the same for SME compared to residential, so a simple equation and to be honest while a few firms might downgrade from leased line to FTTC, the loss of SLA/slow fault repair times mean if advising I would warn against doing so if Internet access is important.

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(newbie) Mon 20-Jul-15 17:53:22
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Im still confused that by the looks of the Superfast Berkshire map the green coverage area of cab 76 is nearly an enclave of the blue area that may be served by cab 25.. does anyone know where cab 25 is and how many premesis it serves compared to cab 76?
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Outside Lidl for cabinet 25

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.405621,-0.846577,3...

Its around half the premises of 76

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ahh cheers, does that include what looks like a large block of recently built flats across the road from 25?
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Probably not

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Probably not


That explains my situation then. I live in one of those apartment blocks and the BT wholesale checker shows that I'm connected to cabinet 25.
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Are the flats quite new, if so you could talkto the developer, they may provide the gap funding that is needed to enable the cabinet- £30,000- £40,000 are figures that have been quoted for other areas- otherwise its private funding.

Reading and Wokingham may go for a new tender to improve coverage- as their was further funding to expand coverage up to 95%+, have to wait to see what happens.

RG41

Their have been a few cabinets enabled that are on industrial estates- though before the Gigaclear announcement, the funding could have gone to more residential areas for more coverage.

As for the Superfast Berkshire Map it is postcode based so while large areas appear to be live, the map does not account for line distance. So areas that are shown as live will be under the 30Mbps target or will not see any benefit.

Mid July Update

The project is up to 94 cabinets, with another 24 to come- with 9 still in survey/under discussion, 18,940 homes passed.

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Was passing Molly Millars lane today and can confirm there is a FTTC cab a few feet up from 76 but no sign of any change to 25..
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(newbie) Sat 25-Jul-15 13:39:32
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Can anyone throw any light on what plans are now in place for the EO lines in my own post code RG10 8EU and the neighbouring code of RG10 8HR. Both are showing on the superfast berkshire interactive map with a live date of Sep 2015 which I suspect is inaccurate?
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RG10 8EU and RG10 8HR looks like FTTC via a new cabinet 10

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Many thanks for your very prompt reply. Does your source give any idea of timing?
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Alas no

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OK thanks for checking I will ask the superfast berkshire group for an update on progress
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Their is some duct unblocking showing up Loddon rd on the 27th-29th July- the new cab may be on the junction with station road.

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Thanks, that would make sense as the position which would give just about the lowest total length of copper to the houses on the two roads. If it ever stops raining and I see the guys turn up I will ask some innocent questions.
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The Open Reach team is on site and have confirmed that they are installing a cabinet for FTTC for the exchange only lines which they thought would probably be up and running by end September.

I ran a mini campaign in our area to get households to register with superfastberkshire and would like to be able to pass on the good news but haven't heard anything official from superfastberkshire. I rang their office at Newbury and was told that the work is indeed to provide fibre to current XO connections. The reason for no communication just yet is that they want to wait until everything has been connected (expected to be end September) so that they can confirm which post codes precisely will get the improved service.

Overall, it looks like good news
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Usual pattern is for checkers to update to show a cabinet number, and then FTTC to go live a short while after.

Ideally I'd like to see a leaflet drop from projects a couple of weeks after cab has gone live in EO areas, as willing to bet many have given up hope once they found out they were EO or were told so by a provider previously. In short the change is not visible to people and providers are not very pro-active at chasing to ask if people want to upgrade.

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Thanks for the warning - we have got a village monthly newspaper so I could get it publicised in there plus I will alert the 20 households who responded to an earlier leaflet when I urged them to register interest with superfast berkshire.
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Hi, wonder if someone can help.
I live on Kinghorn park in Maidenhead, the entire street of 35 odd houses is served by cabinet 42. That does not seem to be on any list and doesn't look like it will be served by gigaflow or callflow solutions either - it is not rural, but is the only place in the whole of maidenhead not to be upgraded.
Superfastberkshire are not responding to my emails and almost all the residents want fast broadband - we currently get a flakey 3mb at best.
I'm presuming that BT have decided that the cabinet does not serve enough customers to make it pay off. I'm almost resigning myself to 4g or slow broadband now - any thoughts? Can anyone add any weight to my thinking?
Thanks in advance.
Richard
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Alas not on any known plans, so project probably trying not to give you the bad news

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7032-gigaclear-wi...

Might be one of the new CallFlow cabinets or you might have to wait even longer only project people will know and am betting even if on one of their lists until cabinets start to be built they will not confirm anything in case plans have to change.

4G and make use of things like EE 100GB SIM offers as much as possible alongside a more usual data SIM is probably the way for now. http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7068-100gb-a-mont...

For full time use at home a 4G router that gives Ethernet and WiFi is the longer term solution.

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Figured as much. Thanks for the response.
I guess if I get a good router that does 4g, fibre and ADSL that should last me for the long term and not be a waste of money. Without wishing to go too off-piste any suggestions on that? Draytek perhaps?
Richard
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For those going down 4g path usually suggest hauwei b593 does not do adsl/fibre

Devices that do all three things rely on usb dongle gor the 4g usually and can be a pain to set up

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 11-Aug-15 17:21:23
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Really waiting on the phase 2 plans, as phase 1 is coming up to completion soon- but their is still funding to push coverage to 99-100% superfast in the other parts of Berkshire- West Berks will likely meet this via the Gigaclear funding.

August Update

The project has just reached 98 cabinets live with 19,387 home passed.

Their are another 26 cabs to come for phase 1, 5 still under discussion and 11 areas postponed.

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(newbie) Fri 11-Sep-15 14:37:53
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Does anybody know when Gigaclear are likely to produce an update to their rollout plans for West Berkshire. We have been on and off the Infinity roll-out a couple of times. All around us are on Infinity but we have been pushed to Gigaclear.
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not sure how you can be on and off he rollout -- whats your location as that is odd
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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 11-Sep-15 16:50:15
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End of September should see the first list announced, it may slip into early October but their will be more updates from Gigaclear and the project.

Infinity is just BT retails product name for FTTC, the Openreach deployment in phase 1 has to be cost effective and cover as many properties as possible within the budget.

As mentioned before in the thread your cabinet would not be viable to upgrade, its great that we have the gigaclear deployment for phase 2 but areas could well be waiting till 2017.

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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 11-Sep-15 17:03:36
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September Update

Phase 1 to compelte by the end of September 2015- project is currently at 100 live cabinets with another 24 by the end of the project, 19,768 total homes passed at current.

Phase 2- Details are from the September Digital Champions Update

West Berks- Gigaclear

Gigaclear and the Superfast Berkshire team are analysing data to confirm exactly which West Berkshire premise are eligible for phase 2 state aid funding and therefore within the scope of phase 2. Once we have an agreed list of properties, Gigaclear will provide us with a high level roll out schedule before the end of September 2015, detailing which communities will be completed in what timescale. We will publish this schedule and the list of properties on the SFB project website. 11,700 properties to be covered.

RBWM - 11 cabinets have been identified that will be upgraded to FTTC in areas around Windsor, Wraysbury, Burchett’s Green and Horton.Work will start in Autumn 2015 and is expected to be completed around mid 2016, providing an upgrade to more than 1,750 premises.

Reading and Wokingham - Assuming contracts can be awarded, there will be solutions providing a combination of FTTC, fixed wireless and a small amount of FTTP. If BDUK‘s EU State Aid authorisation can be completed later this year, then implementation is still expected to be completed before the end of 2017. The Call Flow proposals provide coverage for 1,550 premises in Reading and 3,250 premises in Wokingham if contracts are awarded.

Alot more coverage to come but just waiting on deployment plans and contacts.

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(newbie) Fri 11-Sep-15 19:36:13
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In Midgham, both Midgham and Woolhampton were originally on phase 1 to go live in Sep 2015 but this was changed in May/June when the Gigaclear contract was signed. Many areas on the Woolhampton exchange are already on but Woolhampton and Midgham are not according to the Superfast Berkshire Map. What seems odd is that the exchange is in Woolhampton but it is not part of the Phase one roll out even though there is a new cabinet outside the exchange. The Midgham cabinet had space around it cleared to add the new cabinet but it was never put in.
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are you referring to cab 6 or new cab outside the exchange -- cab 12 in midham
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woolaton 12 in Midgam is live and has been for 10th august 2015
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(newbie) Fri 11-Sep-15 22:20:22
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In reply to a post by Fastman2:
woolaton 12 in Midgam is live and has been for 10th august 2015


Most of Midgham Village and Woolhampton are on P6 which has been postponed for some unknown reason.
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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 12-Sep-15 08:04:33
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If it's cab 6 then of no use to Midgeham, too far for those there to benefit from FTTC.

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cab 6 not enabled -- cab 12 is the new EO vcab in midgham so which are you served of
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assume cab 6 not good value for money for BDUK -- community could co fund it them selves with openreach is they wanted -- see openreach faq not on a plan
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Hi,

I've recently moved onto a new development in Woodley. Connected to a new cabinet number 30 on the Woodley Exchange. I've only moved about 200m and had FTTC at my previous house (FTTP on Demand also available) so pretty disappointed to find that Openreach have not extended fibre to this new estate despite it having 500+ new properties over the next few years. The fibre enabled cabinets are very close so it seemed like it would have been very easy to install. What's the best way to try and push for this in the future? I work for the developer so have more access to ask technical questions than many other residents.

Thanks,
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(fountain of knowledge) Sun 13-Sep-15 10:48:39
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Don't blame BT but rather the developer since it appears they failed to liaise with BT and make the necessary arrangements. BT's commercial roll-out was primarily planned and based on plant that was in situ 5 or more years ago. For more recent developments the responsibility lies with the developer to arrange matters with BT. It would appear that they only arranged for basic phone lines and omitted to consider broadband. I would strongly urge you and your new neighbours to lobby the developer.
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(committed) Sun 13-Sep-15 13:05:58
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is there a new copper box at entrance to development -- if so the developer only a voice conversation with openreach

whos the developer ?
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(regular) Sun 13-Sep-15 14:05:06
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Ha. I used to live in Woodley (near the railway line) and we were cabled by NTL in (IIRC) the late 90's. By the time we left in 2009 I was getting 20Mb/s (after NTL had been bought by Virgin). Is that the new development on the old Linpac site off Headley Road? Have you checked with Virgin if they have cable available?

I've seen a similar problem in our village which has a new development of about 180 homes (I am not in it thank goodness). Only ADSL supported, despite a FTTC cab a few hundred yards away and less than 1Km from the exchange. Developers did this without any improvement in local services (schools, doctors, shops, traffic management etc) so not really suprised.
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(regular) Sun 13-Sep-15 14:13:48
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might be this one:

http://www.colesarchitects.co.uk/consent-for-93-home...
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Hi,

This is the development - https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/find-your-home/englan...

There is a green box at the entrance to the development and then a much smaller cabinet down our road which looks about half the size of others I've seen in the area. I'll try and get some photos of both as it would be useful to get some info on any likelihood of future updates based on the cabinet types.

I have spoken to the technical team to ask about broadband and it was only agreed for voice I believe but I'll have to check my emails tomorrow to see what exactly was said as I could be wrong. They seemed to imply it was Openreach who had made the decision though. I know at other Taylor Wimpey developments in the area most are FTTC or FTTP (FTTP not always Openreach) so seems strange that such a large development would ever be given copper when there is plenty of scope of selling in other products in the future based on having the decent connection.

What's annoying is there is a temporary office (shipping container!) about 20ft from our front door which is connected to another existing cabinet and can receive FTTC products so its clearly not that it's too far from the exchange or there is no fibre in the area.
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No legal requirement to provide anything more than dial-up access really, and with the pressure of meeting existing BDUK contract work and even in old commercial areas some cabinets still waiting on an upgrade then you will be on a list, but might be so far down it no-one even knows you are on the list.

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(committed) Sun 13-Sep-15 19:26:07
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keith what the development and developer please
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if its a new box at entrance to development and been built between now and 15 months ago pretty good change will have been too late for commercial programme and not postcode to have been cincluded in an intervention area for BDUK
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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 15-Sep-15 03:20:57
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Cab 12 is outside the exchange in Woolhampton- you mentioned it earlier but have referred to it as being in the village of Midgham.

Cab 6 was discussed earlier in the thread- gigtek will receive FTTP from Gigaclear just a case of waiting till some time in 2017- 99% coverage in West Berkshire.

Furnace the developer with enough pressure should fund for a FTTC cab from Openreach- otherwise its waiting for infill by Openreach or gap funding.

BDUK 2 funding for Reading and Wokingham is on hold until the issue is sorted and contracts can be awarded.

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Edited by ccxo (Tue 15-Sep-15 03:22:00)

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Is that the new development on the old Linpac site off Headley Road?

Nah, the new stuff appearing near the Sanford lane entrance.

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What's annoying is there is a temporary office (shipping container!) about 20ft from our front door which is connected to another existing cabinet and can receive FTTC products

You on about the 'stack' of four containers for the newer part of the site ? If so, I actually fitted those lines ! grin

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(newbie) Tue 15-Sep-15 11:48:15
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
BDUK 2 funding for Reading and Wokingham is on hold until the issue is sorted and contracts can be awarded.


*The* issue?
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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 15-Sep-15 15:02:22
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In reply to a post by RG41:
In reply to a post by ccxo:
BDUK 2 funding for Reading and Wokingham is on hold until the issue is sorted and contracts can be awarded.


*The* issue?


See below post 2 pages back.

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre/t/4433791-re-...

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Yeah, those are the ones just opposite us for another couple of months before the whole site compound moves further up.

Thanks for the info everyone. I'll see what I can do to convince someone to pay for the upgraded cabinet!
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(newbie) Wed 16-Sep-15 16:00:28
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
See below post 2 pages back.

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre/t/4433791-re-...


In reply to a post by ccxo:
Reading and Wokingham - Assuming contracts can be awarded, there will be solutions providing a combination of FTTC, fixed wireless and a small amount of FTTP. If BDUK‘s EU State Aid authorisation can be completed later this year, then implementation is still expected to be completed before the end of 2017. The Call Flow proposals provide coverage for 1,550 premises in Reading and 3,250 premises in Wokingham if contracts are awarded.


I guess what I meant to ask is are there any further details of whatever this issue is that prevented the contracts for Reading and Wokingham having been awarded at the same time as West Berks and RBWM?
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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Sep-15 01:52:56
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'it was not possible to get these contracts authorised under the EU State Aid requirement before the deadline of 30th June 2015.'

That was from the press release on the 3rd July 2015 on the superfast Berkshire site.

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(newbie) Thu 17-Sep-15 14:36:36
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
'it was not possible to get these contracts authorised under the EU State Aid requirement before the deadline of 30th June 2015.'


Still as clear as mud... essentially the reasons why these are delayed remain a mystery other than it somehow involves paperwork?
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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Sep-15 15:05:42
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It will likely be either a missed deadline with the paperwork or possibly even a error with it, the project will award the contract, just at a later date.

In terms of rollout it will just be a few months later- work normally slows towards the end of the year, so their is not that much of a delay.

The project has talked about further contracts with funding to cover the areas that are missed by the call flow contracts.

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(newbie) Fri 18-Sep-15 15:32:56
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Thaks for the clarification, luckily I am no longer living in a location thats waiting on 'superfast berkshire' who seem to be anything but fast at delivering results...

In somewhat related new anyone with an EO line in Wokingham town centre may be pleased to hear that P88 which had previously been targetted for 31st March 2015 looks to be near enough on track for the latest target of 30th September as roadworks.org advised the following work is planned to erect a new PCP outside the exchange between the 19th and 25th September... assuming BT has the ability to go from build completed to RFS in 3 working days..


Highway Authority: Wokingham Borough Council
Location: OUTSIDE 14 POST OFFICE ON, BROAD STREET
Description: Erect/Renew 1 PCP cabinet and base (600mm x 300mm x 1000mm),Install 2m of 7 poly ducts in Footway
Permit status: Granted
Works ref: BC005WP00400500189993102
Current status: Planned work about to start
Work info last updated: 00:00 on 17/09/2015
Last updated on roadworks.org: 15:01 on 18/09/2015
Data source: BT


Although in a clasic example of why we could learn from mainland europe in terms of co-ordinated scheduling street works it appears BT's contractors will be lucky if their work is not impacted South East waters contractors who plan a "perm reinstate" of what appears to be near enough the same strech of footway between the 22nd and 24th of September:

Highway Authority: Wokingham Borough Council
Location: POST OFFICE, 16, BROAD STREET, WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE, RG40 1AA
Description: To perm reinstate
Permit status: Granted
Works ref: EB005-13029801
Current status: Planned work about to start
Work info last updated: 00:00 on 15/09/2015
Last updated on roadworks.org: 15:01 on 18/09/2015
Data source: South East Water

*sigh*
Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Mon 28-Sep-15 18:32:48
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I'm just back from holiday and there is no sign of the new cabinet at the junction of Station Road and Loddon Drive. Can anyone please throw any light on what the plan is together with any idea of timing?
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 28-Sep-15 22:31:45
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It could be up on the Wargrave road- i can check with some contacts.

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Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Tue 29-Sep-15 15:15:03
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Thanks, I'd be grateful for any info that you can unearth. I've looked at the superfastberkshire site which is saying Sep 30, 2015 for XO in our post code so if there is a slippage they don't seem to be aware.
Standard User RG41
(newbie) Wed 30-Sep-15 10:01:41
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roadworks.org advised the following work is planned to erect a new PCP outside the exchange between the 19th and 25th September... assuming BT has the ability to go from build completed to RFS in 3 working days..


I guess sticking to schedule is not a concern as this work is now listed as 19th September to 2nd October, there is also another work scheduled between the 4th and 7th October to build yet another chamber...


Highway Authority: Wokingham Borough Council
Location: O/S 12/14, BROAD STREET.
Description: Build 1 concrete chamber 725mm x 255mm x 665mm deep in Footway,Install 2m of 1 way poly duct in Footway,Provide 1 core drill(s) into jointbox or building
Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Thu 01-Oct-15 11:58:15
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I have just spoken to the Superfast Berkshire Office and was told that there was a technical problem with the originally planned positioning of the cabinet (near the Station Road/Loddon Drive junction) and a new location for the cabinet is being worked on. There is no estimate of how long this will take.
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and was told that there was a technical problem with the originally planned positioning of the cabinet (near the Station Road/Loddon Drive junction)

Knowing the location, more likely the NIMBY squad up in arms about it. wink

Standard User gigtek
(newbie) Sat 03-Oct-15 12:36:25
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Any update on Gigacear deployment? Superfastberks site giving me 404.

Thanks.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 05-Oct-15 14:11:12
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Latest update is 120 cabinets live with 23,926 total homes passed, leaves only 1 cabinet and 3 EO cabs to be installed which is a small slippage into October.

Phase 2 deployment news should be up this month.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 15-Oct-15 18:39:24
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http://www.gigaclear.com/superfastberkshire

Postcode checker that will confirm if you are in Gigaclear's West Berkshire deployment, it will only be rural areas so no towns ie Newbury/Thatcham etc.

I have entered a few postcodes and so far its just stating coming soon.

A deployment list is due within 1-2 weeks and will be on the website.

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Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Fri 16-Oct-15 13:38:02
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I have just checked my postcode and my address is not listed. What does this mean for me. I am on cabinet (6 - Woolhampton) which was delayed and then passed to Gigaclear for phase 2 and now it looks like I won't be getting any kind of fibre despite being smack bang in the middle of Operreach and Gigaclear customers and no real reason why I shouldn't be included (i.e. no access or other issues). Could there be a reason for this? I've tried to notify Gigaclear but I feel its just a blanket collection of demand rather than anyone really reading the enquiries.

Regards
Adrian
Standard User hattersley
(newbie) Fri 16-Oct-15 21:55:46
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I've just checked my postcode and get "Sorry, Gigaclear is not in your area" - RG7 4SF (Aldermaston Wharf, next to the train station). My house is a new build which was only completed in the last few months. However, upon checking some of the postcodes next to my new build they are on the list and can check the status of the build out, e.g. RG74UX and RG74JJ.

Does this mean that since my property is a new build I am totally excluded from the Gigaclear deployment even though it will pass right by my street? The BT cab I am connected to has no plans what so ever to be Fibre enabled, especially since every other property in the area will be served by Gigaclear.

I'm not sure who I would contact to raise this. I registered interest with Gigaclear a few months ago, and I also registered interest with the Superfast Berkshire website but I don't see a contact option to see if there is any option to have my new street (of only 14 properties) added since they must be running fibre right past us to get the surrounding properties.

It would be rather gutting to see all the existing developments in the area enabled and I'm stuck with 5Mbs ADSL :/
Standard User Michael_Chare
(experienced) Fri 16-Oct-15 23:26:40
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Why not ring them up using these contact details.

If you can get your neighbours interested you would have a stronger case.

Michael Chare
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(fountain of knowledge) Sat 17-Oct-15 22:10:13
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You will be covered under the Gigaclear deployment- Midgham CP is not planned until Phase 3 of the deployment which will be September 2016 to February 2017.

Aldermaston CP is also in phase 3, you can contact the Superfast Berkshire team to check as your property is a new build but their may not be any news until closer to the phase.

projectteam@superfastberkshire.org.uk

This is the current deployment plan though its subject to change- coverage will go to 99% in West Berkshire. Deployment will be from December 2015 to the end of 2017.

Phase 1 (Dec 2015 – Jun 2016)
Beedon CP
Brightwalton CP
Catmore CP
Chaddleworth CP
East Garston CP
Farnborough CP
Hungerford CP
Kintbury CP
Boxford CP
Fawley CP
Great Shefford CP
Lambourn CP
Leckhampstead CP
Peasemore CP
Welford CP
West Ilsley CP

Phase 2 (May 2016 – Oct 2016)
Aldworth CP
Brimpton CP
Cold Ash CP
Combe CP
Compton CP
Chieveley CP
Enborne CP
Greenham CP
West Woodhay CP
Winterbourne CP
Hampstead Norreys CP
Hamstead Marshall CP
Hermitage CP
Inkpen CP
Newbury CP
Shaw Cum Donnington CP
Speen CP
Thatcham CP

Phase 3 (Sep 2016 – Feb 2017)
Aldermaston CP
Beech Hill CP
Beenham CP
Bucklebury CP
Englefield CP
Frilsham CP
Midgham CP
Padworth CP
Stanford Dingley
Stratfield Mortimer CP
Sulhamstead CP
Theale CP
Ufton Nervet CP
Wasing CP
Wokefield CP
Woolhampton CP

Phase 4 (Jan 2017 – Jun 2017)
Ashampstead CP
Basildon CP
Bradfield CP
Streatley CP
Sulham CP
Tidmarsh CP
Tilehurst CP
Pangbourne CP

Under Planning Review
Burghfield CP
East Ilsley CP
Holybrook CP
Purley On Thames CP
Yattendon CP

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Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Mon 19-Oct-15 15:01:14
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
You will be covered under the Gigaclear deployment- Midgham CP is not planned until Phase 3


Thanks for the help, I have dropped them an email. Would you happen to know why I would be covered in the Midgham rollout rather than the Woolhampton one. I live about 50m from the Woolhampton exchange currently on cabinet 6 which is also serviced by the Woolhampton exchnage?
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(staff) Mon 19-Oct-15 15:06:23
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Exchange and cabinet foot prints are totally irrelevant for Gigaclear roll-outs

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Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Mon 19-Oct-15 15:56:39
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That's interesting thanks for that.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 20-Oct-15 01:06:32
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Sorry should have put a name next to each of the replies- for Gigaclear they will work on a parish basis and cover the parts where commercial and phase 1 have not reached.

Their will be overlap with phase 1 where say a cabinet has been enabled but due to distance properties that do not meet the superfast target will be covered.

Still phase 3 to wait for but Woolhampton instead of Aldermaston parish, postcode level data will follow for each phase, Gigaclear will be alot more open with their deployment.

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Standard User hattersley
(newbie) Wed 21-Oct-15 00:36:49
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ccxo - Thanks for the information around the Gigaclear deployment. From your update It seems like I should just hold tight and wait until closer to the rollout date for my Parish before seeking more information about the plans for my street.

It's a shame Gigaclear don't feel like laying the fibre in my street right now as the footpaths have not been finished yet, but I know how utility companies like to keep digging up footpaths, especially recently laid ones smile
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(newbie) Wed 21-Oct-15 10:20:23
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Thanks for the clear and concise information. Its a waiting game then I suppose, hopefully it will mean we can look at getting the 1 Gbps up and down when they eventually arrive and my property pops into the list of targeted properties
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(newbie) Mon 26-Oct-15 18:18:06
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The frustration those of us on Cabinet 6 in Woolhampton feel is that until July we were told we would get FTTC in September 2015. Suddenly this was removed and now we have to wait until 2016-17 before we can see any chance of FTTP. Most of us would much rather have seen FTTC now than wait possibly two years for another system that may give us faster speeds but will undoubtedly require us to change our ISPs, As usual there was no consultation on this we just have to deal with it.
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(newbie) Tue 27-Oct-15 10:43:33
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I agree, my next door neighbour can get fibre, I can see the pole that provides it, its a shorter run to my house from that pole. Cabinet 6 is central to the village and most of the properties on it as far as I can tell are right near the exchange. its very frustrating and not needed in my opinion to get Gigaclear to deliver this. It wouldn't have anything to do with the few commercial properties on this cabinet would it? I truly don't understand the situation
Standard User olicuk
(newbie) Tue 27-Oct-15 13:28:48
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Presumably Gigaclear have the option (at their cost - and unlike the Openreach partnered programmes, it looks like Gigaclear are putting in a far higher percentage of their own money anyway) of covering more properties if they choose, which may have already been given FTTC? Looking at some maps of the Woolhampton exchange, cab 6 in particular looks like it has tentacles far and wide, much more than just Woolhampton village; and for example cabinet 1 and 8 cover close areas at Aldermaston Wharf, one provided with FTTC under SFBerks, the other not. Presumably Gigaclear wouldn't selectively avoid properties with FTTC coverage if passing to connect those that don't?

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 28-Oct-15 01:18:04
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Gigaclear are the major investor into phase 2 for West Berks, £16 million compared to just over £3.7 million for public funding.

If phase 2 had gone to BT, then more FTTC would have been deployed to the remaining cabinets, their would have been network re-arrangement and new pcp's installed but their would be a lower % coverage then with gigaclear- ie 95% instead of 99% superfast.

The 4% is quite a few thousand homes, so while pcp 6 was not enabled it would have only benefited those in Woolhmapton, yet they are close enough to the exchange to get good adsl speeds.

Gigaclear will target the areas that have no coverage and where FTTC enabled speeds do not meet the superfast target. Now their network will likely pass by areas with good FTTC speeds, so if they use their own funding they could offer FTTP- but they cannot use any public funding to overbuild where public funding has been used in phase 1.

Overall phase 1 only had funding to enable cabinets and do a small amount of network rearrangement ie new cab for exchange only lines. It was basically the most coverage for the least cost- yet their are still large villages that are not covered but yet phase 2 public funding is more then what was available for phase 1.

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Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 28-Oct-15 01:27:38
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No the commercial properties have no effect, it comes down to how many premises can be improved by the upgrade- in phase 1 it was a limited budget, so the most premises that would benefit for the least cost got upgraded.

Their are private funding options, £30,000 to £40,000 raised will see Openreach match fund and install a fttc cab, ideally the lines connected to 6 in Woolhampton could do with being routed to 12 just outside the exchange, though that would be expensive.

BT and Openreach may invest further into West Berks as they did not bid on the open tender process for phase 2, they wanted sole exclusivity for phase 2. The project team has ended up with a far greater result with the Gigaclear option.

Also the gigaclear page now has a map with colored phase areas but you cannot zoom in, so of limited use.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 28-Oct-15 09:57:12
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As stuff goes live I should get the postcodes supplied.

In the meantime I can retrace their map to create a likely postcode lookup, have done this for numerous providers who are not great at publishing postcode lists.

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(newbie) Wed 28-Oct-15 19:20:34
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In reply to a post by michaelporter:
I have just spoken to the Superfast Berkshire Office and was told that there was a technical problem with the originally planned positioning of the cabinet (near the Station Road/Loddon Drive junction) and a new location for the cabinet is being worked on. There is no estimate of how long this will take.


Can of our resident gurus throw any light on what progress (if any) has been made with this issue please?
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 30-Oct-15 17:55:57
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The new location was off the A321 towards the exchange on school road, the eo cab is one of 4 left in phase 1, will ask for a update.

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(newbie) Fri 30-Oct-15 18:44:50
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Thanks, will the new location have any impact on the speeds we will see at the premises as most houses will be further from the new location than the originally planned site?
Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 30-Oct-15 18:47:31
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Without a doubt.

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 05-Nov-15 16:57:43
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Deployment has begun in Eddington,just outside Hungerford and will be completed by Christmas 2015

Press release below.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.as...

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Standard User cmeadmore
(newbie) Fri 13-Nov-15 12:23:30
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New user here... just moved to the Great Shefford area and trying to catch up on the Gigaclear situation.

If the current deployment include Lambourn, whats the likelihood it'll extend to Great Shefford?

Concerned that it'll be sidetracked due to the lack of properties in the area.

Thanks
Standard User michaelporter
(newbie) Fri 13-Nov-15 15:12:20
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
The new location was off the A321 towards the exchange on school road, the eo cab is one of 4 left in phase 1, will ask for a update.


Have you managed to get any information on when something will happen?
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 15-Nov-15 06:30:30
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Great Shefford had FTTC live already so you may be able to get faster broadband, the Gigaclear phase 2 is to cover the areas missed by phase 1- so low populated areas will be covered as they will extend coverage to 99%.

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(fountain of knowledge) Sun 15-Nov-15 06:32:50
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The EO cab is under discussion, have to wait until a decision is made.

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Standard User cmeadmore
(newbie) Mon 16-Nov-15 08:27:17
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
Great Shefford had FTTC live already so you may be able to get faster broadband, the Gigaclear phase 2 is to cover the areas missed by phase 1- so low populated areas will be covered as they will extend coverage to 99%.


Thanks for the reply. Are you sure FTTC has been rolled out in our area? Max transfer speed on offer by BT was 7mbps. Surely if the exchange is fibre enabled I could get speeds into the 20's?
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(newbie) Mon 16-Nov-15 17:38:53
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In reply to a post by ccxo:
The EO cab is under discussion, have to wait until a decision is made.


OK thanks for checking
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 17-Nov-15 21:12:47
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3 cabinets on the Great Shefford exchange had FTTC deployed, 1/3 and 601, what does the BT wholesale adsl checker say for your telephone line, use address if the phone number is non bt.

https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/main.html

Your are either on cabinet 2 or a exchange only line,

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(newbie) Wed 18-Nov-15 14:08:03
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So just checked the site and I'm on cabinet 2. Damn!

What does that mean for me? Do I have to wait until phase 2 is rolled out by Gigaclear, or is there a way I can access another cabinet?

I'm aware The latter is probably not an option but I don't know the distances between cabinets.

Thanks,
Newb
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(fountain of knowledge) Thu 19-Nov-15 17:21:10
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You have to wait for Gigaclear to deploy their FTTP network, moving to another cabinet is unlikely and would be very expensive.

Will likely see more details by January/February for the Gigaclear deployment in Great Shefford.

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I'm beginning to despair for my Wargrave Cabinet 6 (Scarletts Lane - currently seeing approx 9Mbps d/l). I think it was scheduled but then postponed for some reason. Does anyone have anything more specific than the generic "2015-2017" indicated timeline? TIA.

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 08-Dec-15 14:54:40
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P6 is not part of the phase 1 BDUK project, only cabinets 4 and 5 where enabled on the Wargrave exchange.

Cabinets 7 and 9 where part of the project but where postponed.

At current their is nothing further announced for the area by the project.

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(knowledge is power) Tue 08-Dec-15 15:22:17
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Thanks for that. Looks like I might have to move house then. Where's Theresa May when you need her?

No gas, no mains sewage and no superfast broadband - and it's barely even semi-rural here. I suppose it will come eventually…but possibly not in my diminishing lifetime.

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(newbie) Fri 22-Apr-16 08:21:07
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Does anyone know the progress of Gigaclear rollout in Woolhampton? Notice they are taking orders now but unclear when you could have a service live
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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 22-Apr-16 13:37:53
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Gigaclear are still in phase 1 of their deployment- the network build is currently around Great Shefford.

Woolhampton is not down until phase 3 which is September 2016 to February 2017 to begin deployment.

Should not be possible to place a order yet- only thing likely would be to register interest.

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(newbie) Fri 22-Apr-16 14:47:04
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Gigaclear have now issued a rollout schedule click here Midgham and I guess Woolhampton has just had the End of Network Build date updated from March '17 to December '16
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(newbie) Fri 22-Apr-16 23:50:47
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This is great news, thanks for the information. I have just put the order in and confirmed. Hopefully I'll be live before Christmas with any luck smile
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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 26-Apr-16 23:53:33
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It has been on the Gigaclear site since the project was announced, its top level so as it states dates will slip- anything from 3-6+ months will likely happen.

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If you click through and use the availabilty checker which I had done previously for some time it used to say Start of Network build Sept 16 Endof Network build February 17. Then they updated the website with new address information thensoon after then it change the start date to June 16 and End to Dec 17. Would seem strange to bring it forward to slip it again.
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(fountain of knowledge) Sat 30-Apr-16 03:01:48
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Well going on the current progress and roadworks- the Great Shefford /Chaddleworth area the roadworks are down for June to August, the work may be completed before then but if its not their are still a number of villages to finish in phase 1. So later phases will be delayed and it would be expected with the amount of time and work it takes to build FTTP.

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As a lot of the phases between areas have always been planned to overlap I think that one schedule doesn't necessarily effect another. Some will be easier than others too I would guess. I'll just hope that its a smooth rollout in our area
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(newbie) Fri 06-May-16 12:34:03
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Hi. Does anyone know what the status is for this cabinet? Super fast Berkshire and the bt wholesale checker have it marked as live for fttc. I am currently trying to upgrade and am hearing a number of strange comments from bt including they cannot find the cabinet and that is not been enabled.

Thanks in advance

Andy
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I've just checked the Openreach site and it's live. It has been since October 2015.
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Hi

Thanks for the feedback. Could you post the link to the Open reach site? BT are saying that they cannot find the cabinet despite is being right outside the the main post office with a huge yellow 88 sticker on it.
They are also saying it's not enabled for fibre again despite what the wholesale ADSL checker is reporting.
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(newbie) Fri 06-May-16 17:05:08
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Woolhampton moved to July '16 now so started to slip. I hope they didn't make it look like it was going to happen sooner to get us all to commit. Maybe that's just the cynic in me after dealing with BT.
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(committed) Sat 07-May-16 09:09:16
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www.openreach.co.uk

What's your postcode? I've checked a few postcodes, that according to codelook are connected to cabinet 88 however on the Whoelsale DSL checker they're coming up as exchange only lines.
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(newbie) Sat 07-May-16 10:22:41
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Hi

It's rg40 2es
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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 07-May-16 10:37:02
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That comes up as Westcott Rd, is that right ?
The post office, the one by the cut through to the exchange ?
That seems a fair distance away, there's a cab at the junction of Peach St/Easthampstead Rd, .....
Strange network round there.

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(committed) Sat 07-May-16 14:26:45
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Seems a mixture. Some addresses served by 17, some by cab 88.

What does the DSL checker show for your telephone number? Does it give you a speed estimate for FTTC?
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(newbie) Mon 09-May-16 12:00:17
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Hi again

Yes that's the correct address. As far as I can tell all BT / Open reach sites show me connected to 88 and give me an estimate of 55 Meg's.

The stupid thing is that there is a new fibre enabled cab only 10 m from my house but my line does no route through it.

Thanks
Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Tue 10-May-16 12:15:07
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Just noticed that too, the end date hasn't so not sure what they are playing at. Does make me think they are playing around with dates to get people to sign up too.

I am still happy at the moment but if it slips past the February 17 end date (original date) I won't as happy.
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(newbie) Tue 17-May-16 18:32:19
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Gigaclear preentation at Woolhampton Village Hall set for 9th June 7-30 to 9-30. Haven't heard anything directly from Gigaclear but this is on their website. Details are here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gigaclear-qa-broadban...
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(newbie) Tue 24-May-16 23:35:57
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nice one, just booked my seat.

Thanks for that
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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 10-Jun-16 01:52:27
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Superfast Berkshire phase 3

Phase 3 procurement is underway with a time scale deployment of 2017/2018, the third phase will target 97% superfast coverage in all of the Berkshire districts.

Funding is £3.5 million of which:

a) Funding that could not be used under Phase 2 contracts that will be re-applied to Reading and Wokingham respectively:

£382,500 from Reading Borough Council and BDUK
£615,000 from Wokingham Borough Council, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and BDUK
b) Funding of around £2.5m (to be confirmed) released from our Phase 1 contract due to underspend on planned delivery and share in revenue from take-up of service on the 120 cabinets deployed. This funding will be applied to all Berkshire districts.

Further details to be published by Superfast Berkshire at the end of July.

Full details in the link below.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

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(newbie) Tue 28-Jun-16 11:58:28
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They have updated the roll out schedule from gigaclear

http://www.gigaclear.com/superfast-berkshire-rollout...
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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 28-Jun-16 18:02:34
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Better with the dates and more accurate with the areas to be covered though their does seem to be a bit of overlap.

What was discussed at the Woolhampton meeting?

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 28-Jun-16 18:03:02
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Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Wed 29-Jun-16 15:05:51
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Unfortunately my daughter snapped her arm in two places an hour before the meeting. She said she didn't want to go smile

Someone in the village is suppose to be sending me a summary via email but I'm yet to receive it.
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 12-Jul-16 23:23:08
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Just had the Gigaclear presentation for my village- pretty much just a sales pitch only a vague map colored red where they intend to deploy.

Their postcode checker will confirm coverage, only the next areas for deployment will be up.
Deployment is 3 months per area with the core network built within a month, its quite a tight schedule they are running to, in order to meet the contractual deadline.

Any questions do ask.

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(knowledge is power) Wed 13-Jul-16 10:39:35
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With people thinking Gigaclear might bid for some CDS areas, there is perhaps some attention on how much coverage they are achieving. Are they actually getting fibre to every house?
Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Wed 13-Jul-16 14:41:42
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Thanks for the info, my dad's up in cold ash and was going to attend that event. He's off the main road and set back a bit so we were not sure if its even an option for him. Did they mention what the criteria is for coverage such as straying off the beaten path?

Schedule for Woolhampton seems to of slipped massively to Jan 17 end date
Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 13-Jul-16 22:32:23
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With West Berks the tender was for just over 11,700 homes, Gigaclear will deploy a fiber pot to each property by the end of the contract.
This will take superfast coverage to over 99% and the council is holding £1.5 million of Gigaclears money until they meet the contractual deadline.

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Edited by ccxo (Wed 13-Jul-16 22:44:43)

Standard User ccxo
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 13-Jul-16 22:41:44
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If your dads postcode and property comes up on the gigaclear site then he will be covered.

http://www.gigaclear.com/postcode-checker/superfastb...

The coverage map that was shown at the event pretty much covered the whole of Cold Ash, with deployment split into 2 phases- they only covered Cold Ash and Long Lane (covers Ashmore Green and most of Fishers Lane) that runs from August 16 to November 16 and the second phase Curridge which covers north Cold Ash and parts of Buckleberry alley is October 16 to Jan 17.

The postcode data for long lane area will be added next week.

Each area is about 3 months deployment for Gigaclears sub-contractors and the fiber is coming from the east where they have already deployed.

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Edited by ccxo (Wed 13-Jul-16 22:45:58)

Standard User lagrian
(newbie) Wed 20-Jul-16 16:25:15
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Thanks for this, I have since caught up with my Dad and he did attend the event too and his postcode is now covered. He's part of the Curridge deployment and had a flyer through the door etc now

One thing I was trying to establish is how much notice can we expect t to aid a smooth transition from our current ISP's.

They have supposedly began in Woolhampton but I have seen no evidence as of yet.
Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 20-Jul-16 18:23:47
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One thing I was trying to establish is how much notice can we expect t to aid a smooth transition from our current ISP's.

That move won't be like switching between Openreach supplied services.

So for a truly seamless transfer, I would suggest you order as and when you can from Gigaclear, and when it's in and working, THEN cease the previous service.

Standard User Michael_Chare
(experienced) Wed 20-Jul-16 19:03:05
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One thing I was trying to establish is how much notice can we expect t to aid a smooth transition from our current ISP's.
To find out when you are likely to go live it is best to speak to the local Gigaclear project manager, or establish email communication. You need to decide who will install the cable from the pot on the boundary to the router. This can be Boxcom, DIY or anyone else you can find to do the work. It may be best to get the pot sited where you don't have to do a 'hard dig' to lay the fibre cable to the router.

In reply to a post by Zarjaz:
That move won't be like switching between Openreach supplied services.

So for a truly seamless transfer, I would suggest you order as and when you can from Gigaclear, and when it's in and working, THEN cease the previous service.

Once the broadband has gone, you can then port the phone number to VOIP, perhaps Voipfone. That will cancel the landline.

Michael Chare
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(newbie) Thu 21-Jul-16 09:40:14
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

I am not looking to keep my landline, its only ever been there for the purpose of broadband. So just going to bank the savings by not having one.

For me its trying to minimise duplicate charges so was keen to know the notice we may be given. I suppose I only need to give 30 days or so.

I had a good read of the self install guide and think I will give it a go.

Gigaclear DIY Guide

Looks like the only thing I will lose that I currently have and want is my block of static IP's. Gigaclear would cost too much to justify keeping them.
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(newbie) Thu 21-Jul-16 13:01:14
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I've just had a response back from Gigaclear and Woolhampton has a schedule of until July 17 now. Hopefully March 17. Well that is a significant delay.
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(newbie) Tue 20-Sep-16 20:07:43
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Drove back along The Ridge at Cold Ash yesterday afternoon and the Gigaclear trench team had finished all the way to the east end of The Ridge. Not sure where they are going next as Burdens Heath in Upper Bucklebury at the other end is on FTTC.
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(fountain of knowledge) Wed 21-Sep-16 22:58:38
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They will go to Buckleberry and the Chapel row area in 2017, areas where FTTC has been deployed by phase 1 are being covered- as not all properties will reach the projects superfast target, so their is a portion of overbuild.

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(newbie) Wed 26-Oct-16 11:57:38
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Just got the letter from Gigaclear about disruption on the roads. I hope this means they are about to start the work. However, dissapointied that the start date on the Gigaclear site just keeps moving on a month as you get close to the end of the previous month. Wish they'd just put an accurate start date up. So far start date has slipped from July 16 to November 16

Edited by gigtek (Wed 26-Oct-16 11:59:17)

Standard User Michael_Chare
(experienced) Wed 26-Oct-16 20:02:55
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Roadworks.org maybe some help. Much depends on how close the work is to where you want to be connected. Once the cables are laid they then have to be joined up. If there is a local Gigaclear presentation you might find the project engineer who could tell you his proposed cable route - if that matters to you. I was connected about 13 months after the first road works which were for the back haul cable.

Michael Chare
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(newbie) Wed 26-Oct-16 21:06:36
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Thanks, roadworks.org is useful but as I suspected the only works scheduled for Gigaclear is Cold Ash untill the 23 Nov so expect a change of start date to December about then. Very frustrating as my special price BT broadband is about to run out and they'll no doubt want another 12 months contract.
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(newbie) Sat 29-Oct-16 20:31:40
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If you change the timescale on roadworks.org from the default, you can see physical dig plans for several months into the future. For instance, increasing it from 23 Nov to 31 Jan shows all the digs planned for Curridge, Woolhampton and other Gigaclear community areas beyond the Cold Ash activity.

We Want Superfast Berkshire
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(fountain of knowledge) Fri 11-Nov-16 18:55:56
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The presentations to the various villages have just been with the head of sales- no engineer.

The 3-4 month delay is not to bad considering the scale of the project- most connections are going live in just a few months- the first ones in Cold Ash are due to be live this month according to their online checker.

Project is now pushing north either side of the A34 and then east- though i doubt they will cover all that area by Jan-February.

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(experienced) Fri 11-Nov-16 19:57:02
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Where I live, there was a demonstration at a local school which was one of the earlier places to be connected. You could take your laptop and try it out. There were quite a number of Gigaclear staff present, as well a Vonage. That was the first time I met the project engineer. I had an interest in where the cables would be laid near my house.

You may wish to influence where the pot is located on the boundary of your property.

Michael Chare
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(fountain of knowledge) Sat 19-Nov-16 16:35:03
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The meetings are just a sales pitch before any work begins in the parish- once work has begun its possible to talk to the project engineer for the area- cards are dropped with his/her number i believe.

As for the placement of the pot- their is some movement- though so far its just been outside the property line off the road.

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(newbie) Thu 07-Dec-17 20:07:36
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Well here we are 12 months later and still no connection. We have had our POTS in since the beginning of July but no connection. Many of the villages around us that already have FTTC have had their POTS installed and connections made since our POTS were put in. Nobody seems to be able to give us any idea as to what is going on. I can't believe that Gigaclear can afford to pay for the infrastructure and then lose all that potential revenue while they struggle to convince people already on FTTC to change. Perhaps someone monitoring this can get to the bottom of what is going on.
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(fountain of knowledge) Sat 09-Dec-17 16:48:03
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Hi gigaclears progress does seem to have slowed, possibly down to the amount of additional contracts they are taking on. Alot of the work in west berks is back to Q2 2018.

West Berks council have a map up now which shows individual properties and which phase they where enabled or are planned to be. Sadly it doesnt have speed data next to the properties, as a few phase 1 will be too far from the cabinet.

http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/index.aspx?arti...

Looking at the map for Woolhampton it shows some house clusters done but alot of the village still to finish. Gigaclears Berkshire site has Woolhampton under construction and build completed by February 2018.

Gigaclear do seem to be struggling for customers, as when it first when live in my village it was the full construction costs. I have seen a few houses take it but recent marketing material has been offering the 3 out of the 4 construction costs for free.

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(newbie) Thu 14-Dec-17 22:04:20
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Thanks for the update, however frustrating it may be. We are in Midgham and struggling with a 1.5 BT connection at least most of Woolhampton achieves better than 8 on ADSL. Looking at roadworks.org it appears that the villages that are on poor ADSL connections where Gigaclear could achieve better penetration have been put back to the middle of next year. I am in a cul de sac of 6 houses where 4 have signed up already. If someone at Gigaclear would only give us an honest answer it would help. I have been paying BT on a month by month basis for the last 18 months costing me an additional £200 compared to signing up for an 18 month contract had I known.
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(newbie) Thu 14-Jun-18 12:22:11
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Another update, now 12 months since our POTS were put in and still no connection. Meanwhile all the villages around are now connected. Even tried writing an old fashioned letter to Matthew Hare and got no reply. Why can't someone just be honest with us and tell us what is going on. By my reckoning they could have had as much as £20,000 revenue if we had been connected when the POTS were installed. Surely no growing company can afford to ignore that.
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