Gigaclear are the major investor into phase 2 for West Berks, £16 million compared to just over £3.7 million for public funding.
If phase 2 had gone to BT, then more FTTC would have been deployed to the remaining cabinets, their would have been network re-arrangement and new pcp's installed but their would be a lower % coverage then with gigaclear- ie 95% instead of 99% superfast.
The 4% is quite a few thousand homes, so while pcp 6 was not enabled it would have only benefited those in Woolhmapton, yet they are close enough to the exchange to get good adsl speeds.
Gigaclear will target the areas that have no coverage and where FTTC enabled speeds do not meet the superfast target. Now their network will likely pass by areas with good FTTC speeds, so if they use their own funding they could offer FTTP- but they cannot use any public funding to overbuild where public funding has been used in phase 1.
Overall phase 1 only had funding to enable cabinets and do a small amount of network rearrangement ie new cab for exchange only lines. It was basically the most coverage for the least cost- yet their are still large villages that are not covered but yet phase 2 public funding is more then what was available for phase 1.
Orange BB 5856/448