What I will say is I am expecting CDS to fight tooth and nail ... The journey so far has not been a friendly one.
That's *really* obvious.
In the recent meeting, one Devon councillor was ripping into BT for having not installed many of the vouchers from the recent voucher scheme. Once it was pointed out that BT wasn't involved, the vitriol went, and he listened to the (reasonable) explanation.
... over even a slight delay even if this just down to extra time needed for FTTP work.
The last meeting suggested the delays were mostly related to wayleaves, and are likely to be sorted in the first 3 months of the year.
If I have the numbers right, the delays affect around 4% of the total premises due to get SF speeds. That makes the delay/numbers very similar to those encountered by North Yorkshire. That delay didn't cause any particular fractiousness, but did allow the council to apply a little leverage to encourage completion of 3 "at risk" commercial cabinets.
In terms of outcome, it seems that CDS is getting a similar result to the rest of the country. A project complete almost on time, and certainly within budget. But the experience on the journey ...
Given a few more hours in a day
Funny how Santa never brings *that* present...
On the CDS scenario, don't know the exact number of premises in contract paperwork as was signed, but in terms of delivery the fighting is going to be about the drop from VDSL2 coverage, to 24 Mbps or 30 Mbps thresholds. In what has been delivered 84% can get over 24 Mbps and a lower 81.8% on our figures.
I agree where the fight will happen.
From previous work, I figure that 3dB can be worth as much as 11Mbps for people capable of getting 60-80Mbps (because they have all tones available). For lines with speeds around 20-30Mbps, 3dB is likely to give them something in the region of 3 or 6Mbps. The gain at the lower end when they only get the D1 band, the higher gain if they get D1 and a good chunk of D2.
Using your coverage figures (in the fibre guide) around distances of 900-1200m, it seems those speed increases could equate to extra range of 150-300 metres, and extra coverage of 3-5%.
Those numbers could be critical.
That said there is some FTTP still in build, and there has been some infill work. Will do an overall CDS report at weekend, as the commercial areas have an impact on the 90% target too.
That was another aspect noted: that there was outstanding commercial work that means they won't hit 90% even when phase 1 completes.