Cheers for that Im just confused as to how Leicestershire county council (that is funding any upgrades on twycross exchnage) will provide a 2mb USC to 100% of the county?
The original contract between BT and LCC will have specified BT to do the work, likely as the last sub-phase within this "phase 1" project. Both parties are motivated to do the USC phase last, because they don't really know what to do until then.
The 96% target for "fibre-based" coverage includes sub-24Mbps speeds, and likely means the majority of these lines will be 2Mbps+ - and that might apply to you, depending on things like the thickness of your copper line. Altogether, there might be something around 1%-3% of homes needing a 2Mbps USC solution.
But right now, BT don't really have a solution (other than deploying FTTC to more nodes, or using FTTP), save perhaps BET, and no-one really wants them to deploy it - they'd much rather have a proper superfast solution.
The second contract might augment the first one, and push the 2Mbps requirement to the end again. Or it might not - in which case, BT will have problems.
However, recent (pre-Election) mumblings suggested that
a) the government were considering a satellite subsidy scheme
b) that BT were being "let off" the USC commitment in framework counties
c) that the satellite subsidies would be funded from the money not handed to BT for (b).
I've not seen anything post-election to confirm whether this is actually happening.
Already tried satellite, and that was unusable in the evenings,
I guess the theory the government will subscribe to is that, as superfast capability becomes more widespread, some satellite subscribers will swap to their new fixed-line capability. As they do this, performance will improve for those remaining, who will be the ones who truly need it.
and only options left are 4G where I can get 60/40 speeds from EE, but at £50 a month on a 2 year contract for a tiny 50gb.
Indeed. The mobile companies still have to price it high to scare users away.