Yes, I wasn't suggesting those technologies as a solution for EO lines (apart from the gigabit FTTP such as Gigaclear are installing - but I guess that ignores the EO line rather than solving the problem), but as things that are taking a lot of attention and funding. I was wondering whether there was anything that was addressing EO lines.
My exchange used to have mostly EO lines. As part of the BDUK FTTC funding many were transferred to one of two cabinets. The remaining 30% of lines that are still EO wouldn't have met the minimum 24Mbps that is required for BDUK funding so were deliberately ignored. BT/OR have told me that a line rearrangement isn't cost effective so won't happen.
Due to the way the remaining EO properties are spread out, the BT funding option means that in the cluster of properties at my end of the village we'd be looking at £5k per property for FTTP - which is a bit steep for most people (I'd pay that if I could them get a reasonable monthly payment).
Virgin Business could provide a leased line, but have a 3 year term and leased line monthly prices (this is probably the solution I will have to go with).
Fastershire's solution is Gigaclear, who have the contract to provide FTTP to 63% of the properties without fast broadband, and should be installed before the end of 2019.
As for the upgrade of 20CN to 21CN, that doesn't seem to be a solution to EO lines either.
Edited by sheephouse (Wed 26-Jul-17 16:04:05)