I've had a response from open reach.
Looks like I have to hope the BDUK comes up trumps.
What annoys me is how a company that has the monopoly, owns all the hardware base a rollout on commercially viability, surely they should be obliged to upgrade all hardware and subsidise lower return cabinets with more profitable ones .
Thank you for your enquiry about fibre broadband at Worle exchange cabinet 25. Our deployment is based on the commercial criteria for each cabinet and your cabinet fails to meet the commercial criteria. This is because the cabinet has too few premise connected to it, rendering it too small to provide a return on the investment based on the costs for the construction and on-going running costs of providing a new FTTC cabinet. When calculating the commercial viability of cabinet areas we take many factors into account. These include ensuring that we locate the cabinets in accordance with all national and local planning laws, ensuring that the cabinet does not obstruct pedestrians or provide a danger to all road-users. We must ensure that the DSLAM is located within 100m of its associated telephony connection cabinet and that there is adequate access to power and existing telephony infrastructure. To further enable the location of the DSLAM, we must accurately survey for underground structure and obstacles etc.
We do look at the demographic nature of the potential customers within a cabinets working area, however, we focus on the amount of connected lines at the time and not the potential expansion within a cabinet area as this is not guaranteed - this is the most efficient way to deploy fibre broadband whilst keeping within our finite budget. As such we look at the potential return for our investment over quite a number of years, with the prospective number of take up of the service being a large percentage of households.
Where cabinets are not commercially viable Government funding is available to county and borough councils via the BDUK initiative, (details about BDUK are available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bduk-broa...
Your county council has sought funding with BDUK and in partnership with BT, your cabinet may be upgraded. However the areas for deployment are still being and planned, for details and further enquiries please go to the website - http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/
If you have any further questions, please ensure you have read the FAQ's on our website, http://www.openreachfibrebroadband.co.uk/faq/
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