I live in Cwmbran. Have been holding out for years for Infinity, buoyed (a little) in 2012 by the news that the exchange was to be upgraded in 2013.
I now hear that this has been done, and some cabinets in the town have been upgraded.
But have also heard that some have not, and will not, be upgraded.
I am already on the very edge of the area, and get a miserly 1.2Mbps. I suspect they won't be upgrading my local cabinet, as I 'suspect' it only services perhaps 200 or so properties.
1) How to find out the name of the local cabinet, and definitively whether or not it will be upgraded?
I can see the cabinet, it is about 200 m away from me.
I've read posts of people who appear to have found their cabinet number AND details of whether and when it is due to be upgraded.
But I can't find any such list or checker - all checkers just take me to the BT checker which only gives exchanges, and not cabinets
2) Assuming they aren't going to upgrade the cabinet, what are the chances of me being able to order FTTP?
I've heard varying stories of how likely this will be etc..
3) Assuming I can't even get FTTP, then what are my alternatives?
I guess it has to be satellite of some form? I looked into a year or so ago and worked out quite expensive (even after a Welsh Government grant of £1,000). Are there any suggestions/ sites I could investigate?
I'm guessing I could get together with the community - ther're about 60-70 properties on my estate to look into some alternative.
4) Over the years I have heard of lots of communities that have got together and installed their own independant fibre network.
Is there some standard site where I could find out about how to do this myself?