The PCP-to-Postcode-Report-13042011.zip doc on googledocs shows my postcode as follows
SAU_ID,Name,Postcode,SAU_NODE_ID,Exchange Only Flag,Percent Lines,Uplift,Phase,Deployed,FTTC or FTTP
I'm reading that as my cabinet will not be included in the rollout of the Benton exchange that ts taking place now with an RFS date of 01/12/2011 (or 31/12/2011 depending on where you look).
The BT Wholesale checker shows the following...
"For Postcode NE7 7FP
Your exchange is ADSL enabled, and our initial check on your postcode indicates that your line should be able to have an ADSL broadband service that provides a fixed line speed up to 1Mbps. However due to the length of your line the 1Mbps service may require an engineer visit who will, where possible, supply the broadband service.
Our check also indicates that your line currently supports an estimated ADSL Max broadband line speed of 3Mbps; typically the line speed would range between 2Mbps and 5.5Mbps.
Our check also indicates that your line currently supports an estimated ADSL2+ broadband line speed of 3Mbps; typically the line speed would range between 2.5Mbps and 6.5Mbps.
Our test also indicates that your line currently supports a fibre technology with an estimated WBC FTTC Broadband where consumers have received downstream line speed of 32 Mbps and upstream line speed of 12.9 Mbps."
A few questions...
a) Is it possible that my cabinet (49) could be a 'slave' of some other nearby FTTC enabled cabinet and that my copper would start at the FTTC enabled parent cabinet?
b) Is it worth canvassing houses in the post-codes covered by cabinet 49 to make people aware that the upgrade won't include them and get people to express interest on the OpenReach site, send letters, etc.
c) Why would it mention FTTC in the checker if there is no plan to upgrade my cabinet?
d) Am I clutching at straws? Is it all a waste of time, I'm stuck on 3.5 meg ADSL2+ deal with it?
I need a pint.
cheers for any input.